1st Embraer 190 Joins Bulgaria Air Fleet

Embraer and Bulgaria Air celebrate the first delivery of  four EMBRAER 190s, today, in a ceremony at the airline’s headquarters in Bulgaria‘s capital city, Sofia. The remaining three aircraft will be delivered by the end of this year.

The airline’s E190s are the Advanced Range (AR) version with a nominal range of 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 kilometers). Each aircraft is configured in dual-class layout with eight Business Class seats and 100 Slimline seats in Economy Class.

Welcoming the Bulgarian airline to the portfolio of E-Jet customers, Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation, stated: “Bulgaria Air is the 22nd E-Jet operator in Europe and the CIS region. Like so many other Embraer customers, I’m confident the Bulgarian flagship airline will begin seeing real economic benefits and hearing highly positive passenger comments as soon as this airplane enters revenue service.”

“We’ll be flying the EMBRAER 190s in parallel with our larger narrow body fleet to open new markets and supplement frequency in existing ones. The AR version will give us the range we need to access cities from Sofia that have market volumes that are ideal for the E190,” commented Yank Georgyev, Bulgaria Air’s CEO.

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Like European majors British Airways, Air France-KLM, Lufthansa or Alitalia, Bulgaria Air joins a growing list of customers operating E-Jets, specifically in Northern and Eastern Europe, where airlines have identified E-Jets as the preferred platform to replace their ageing aircraft and simplify their fleets. Ten airlines – Bulgaria Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Finnair, Estonian Air, Air Moldova, Montenegro Airlines, Belavia, Dniproavia, Aerosvit, and Air Astana – have ordered, or are currently flying, Embraer E-Jets.

Source: Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (NYSE: ERJ)
Date: Mar 22, 2012