Passaredo Transportes Aereos to operate two ERJ145 jets in Brazil
Embraer signed a contract with Passaredo Transportes Aéreos for leasing two previously owned 50-seat ERJ 145 jets. The announcement was made, today, at the airline's headquarters, in Ribeirão Preto, in outstate São Paulo, and is part of the Brazilian airline's expansion plans. "It is truly a pleasure to see the ERJ 145 jet, which is now used by 28 operators in 16 countries, flying, once again, in Brazil, and with an enterprising company that enjoys such prestige, as does Passaredo," stated Alex Glock, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales - Latin America, Airline Market. "We have an excellent relationship with Passaredo, that has operated EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft ever since its founding, and we intend to carry on this partnership for many more years."
Passaredo currently operates six EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft and will use the ERJ 145 jets to strengthen its presence in Brazil's regional markets. The delivery of the first airplane is expected for the first half of 2009. The aircraft's range allows flights of up to 2,870 km with 50 passengers, which is sufficient to fly nonstop from São Paulo to Brasília, Porto Alegre, Recife, or Salvador.
"The choice of the ERJ 145 jet is part of Passaredo's expansion plan, and is focused primarily on improving customer service," said José Luiz Felício, President of the Passaredo Group. "With the introduction of the ERJ 145 jet, we intend to complement the services offered to our passengers, by increasing frequencies and adding destinations."
The 50-seat ERJ 145 is the first member of Embraer's diversified family of regional jets, that also includes the ERJ 135 (37 seats) and the ERJ 140 (44 seats). Since it entered service, in 1996, the platform of the ERJ 145 family has accumulated more than 14 million flight hours, worldwide, with over 1,000 aircraft now in operation.
The aircraft's design is an optimized solution for the regional airline market. Simplified maintenance, low direct operating costs, high dispatch reliability, and an excellent mission completion rate are highlights of the ERJ 145 jet, which is adequate for the high-frequency use and capable of operating for 3,000 hours per year in the demanding regional aviation market.
About Passaredo Transportes Aéreos
Passaredo Transportes Aéreos (www.voepassaredo.com.br) was created in 1995, and is headquartered in Ribeirão Preto, in outstate São Paulo, Brazil. It currently operates a fleet of six EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft, manufactured by Embraer, to 15 destinations in nine Brazilian States, with 32 daily flights, and offering charter service to cities in Brazil. The company is a part of the Passaredo Group, presided over by José Luiz Felício, and carried 92,500 passengers in 2007, which should reach 200,000 in 2008.
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