Estonian Air Goes All-Embraer

Estonian Air has selected the Embraer E-Jets family to revamp its entire fleet of narrow-body and regional jets. “We chose Embraer E-Jets to replace our current fleet of Boeing 737s and Bombardier CRJs because the one family concept offers the capacity flexibility we need to pursue our immediate expansion and fleet modernization objectives.” said the President of Estonian Air. “We have also been following with high interest the analysis that Embraer is conducting to launch a second generation of its E-Jets, using new engines, with possible entry into service around 2018. I am particularly pleased that, despite being a small carrier, Embraer is taking our requirements and comments into consideration in the new E-Jets design. Estonian Air likes to always remain at the forefront of technology and this new Embraer aircraft would clearly be a great way to ensure we always offer the very latest jet technology to our passengers.”

The national flag carrier of Estonia and Embraer have signed a contract for the purchase of three E175s and one E190. Estonian Air will also take eight additional aircraft, four E170s and four E190s, under a combination of lease agreements with third parties and leasing companies. The first of four E170s leased from Finnair is entering service in March, while the aircraft on firm order will be delivered in the second semester of 2014.

Estonian Air All-Embraer Fleet

All E-Jets will be configured in a single class layout, with 76 seats for the E170s, 88 for the E175s, and 112 for the E190s.

Estonian Air joins a growing list of customers in Northern and Eastern Europe that have identified E-Jets as the preferred platform to replace their ageing aircraft and simplify their fleets. Nine airlines – Bulgaria Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Finnair, Air Moldova, Montenegro Airlines, Belavia, Dniproavia, Aerosvit and Air Astana – have ordered or are currently flying Embraer E-Jets.

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