Embraer makes its debut in Bangladesh today with the official inauguration of two ERJ 145 jets purchased by NovoAir, a new scheduled operator. NovoAir, an aviation services and solutions provider in Bangladesh with experience in passenger and air cargo transportation as well as travel and holiday services, has purchased these two pre-owned ERJ 145 jets for use in scheduled services on domestic routes.
These routes will include Dhaka – the country’s capital, and Chittagong, its second largest city, amongst others. The airline intends to operate the jets on domestic routes in the first year of operations, with the possibility of expanding its network to include select regional and international routes from the second year of operations.
Said Alex Glock, Vice-President – Asia Pacific, Embraer Commercial Aviation: “NovoAir's decision to buy the ERJ 145 reflects the potential for 50-seat regional jets to develop markets with small units of capacity. The operating economics of used aircraft today can be quite attractive in lower density markets, such as Bangladesh, where 50-seat jets have the ability to build airline networks and frequency, as they have done in other parts of the world.”
Managing Director Mofizur Rahman, of NovoAir commented, “With the introduction of our ERJ 145’s, we are pleased to offer an all-jet domestic service which will appeal to the business traveler in Bangladesh. In the future, we aim to connect our key cities with other top destinations in the region.”
With the introduction of the ERJ 145’s in Bangladesh, Embraer jets are now in service with 85 airlines in 51 countries around the world. NovoAir is the 13th operator of Embraer commercial aircraft in Asia Pacific, where a Company aircraft takes off once every 45 seconds.
Source: Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (NYSE: ERJ)
Date: Jan 8, 2013