Aurigny Air Services Goes Jet with the E195
SALZBURG, Austria, Oct. 3, 2013
SALZBURG, Austria, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Guernsey-based regional
carrier Aurigny Air Services has signed a firm contract with Embraer
Commercial Aviation for one E195 jet. The transaction was announced today at a
press briefing in Salzburg at the annual general meeting of the European
Regions Airline Association (ERA – www.eraa.org). The firm order will be
included in Embraer's 2013 third quarter backlog. Delivery is scheduled in the
first semester of 2014.
The E195 is the first jet aircraft to be added to the Aurigny Air Services
fleet. The airline currently flies turboprops on six daily frequencies on its
principal route between the London Gatwick Airport and Guernsey. With 122 slim
seats in single-class layout, the E195 will enable the carrier to increase the
number of daily flights to eight and offer much-needed additional capacity.
"The E195 has proven to be an ideal aircraft for high-volume, high-frequency
markets," said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial
Aviation. "I'm confident Aurigny will appreciate the E195's low operating
costs and high reliability when it introduces the jet on its flagship route."
"The acquisition of the E195 is a major step forward for our company," said
Mark Darby, CEO of Aurigny Air Services. "The London Gatwick route is very
important for us. We've been mandated by the State of Guernsey to increase
capacity and upgrade the quality of our overall service so we decided to move
up to a jet. The E195 was the natural choice."
Since they entered revenue service in 2004, the E-Jets family has received
more than 1,300 orders. The company recently delivered the 1,000^th production
aircraft to Republic Airways of the USA. Currently, E-Jets are flying with 64
airlines from 45 countries. In Europe, 24 airlines have added E-Jets to their
fleets. The versatile 70- to 130-seat, four-aircraft family is flying with low
cost airlines, regional and mainline carriers. Collectively, the E-Jets fleet
has accumulated more than 10 million flight hours.
About Aurigny Air Services
Aurigny Air Services was launched in 1968. Today, the Guernsey Airport based
operator employs around 290 staff throughout the Channel Islands, UK and
France. Aurigny which carried its nine millionth passengers early this year
deploys turboprop aircraft on scheduled services between Guernsey, Jersey and
Alderney, and to destinations in the UK and Continental Europe.
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