Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oman Air gets first Embraer 175

March 23, 2011
Neelam Mathews

Oman Air has become the eighth E-Jets operator in the Middle East following the delivery of the first EMBRAER 175 jet to Oman air at  São José dos Campos, Brazil.

The aircraft will serve the airline’s regional routes operating from Muscat International Airport.

The delivery is the first of five firm orders announced in 2009.

Oman Air’s EMBRAER 175s are configured with 71 seats, in a dual-class layout, with 11 seats in the business class and 60 in economy.

“The E-Jets are the ideal platform from which we can expand our regional route network and better align frequency with demand,” said Peter Hill, CEO of Oman Air. “Having this flexibility allows us to introduce more point-to-point routes currently not sustainable with larger aircraft, as well as upgrading our services to domestic destinations like Khasab and other new airports currently being developed within the Sultanate of Oman.”

Oman Air has also signed the Embraer Pool Flight Hour Program service contract. Embraer’s Pool program quickly provides replacement parts and eliminates the need for inventory investments, via an agreement in which the customer pays a given amount, based on the number of flight hours of the aircraft enrolled in the program. Embraer assumes the responsibility for maintaining a parts inventory at its distribution and service centers, in order to provide parts to operators as soon as they are requested.

“Their decision for the EMBRAER 175 makes us truly proud, since it gives a strong endorsement to our E-Jets in such a complex marketplace,” said Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market.

Embraer’s E-Jets are a state-of-the-art family of four aircraft, seating from 70 to 122
passengers, which began deliveries in 2004. E-Jets have nearly 950 firm orders logged and over 700 aircraft already delivered, worldwide, including nearly 50 in the Middle East.

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