Embraer announced at the 53rd International Paris Air Show the signing with Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras, S.A. of a long-term Flight Hour Pool Program agreement to provide repairable component support for the carrier's brand new fleet of Embraer E195-E2 jets, the second generation of the E-Jets family.
Azul, which placed a total order of 51 E195-E2, is the global launch customer for the new aircraft and will receive the first delivery during the second half of this year. The multiyear Flight Hour Pool Program agreement includes material services engineering and advanced component exchanges from Embraer spare parts facilities in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Azul joined the Embraer Pool Program in 2008, when it began operating its first generation of E-Jets, and more recently, the Repair Management Program. With the new Flight Hour Pool Program agreement, the airline will now have coverage for its entire Embraer fleet.
"We are very proud that Azul has placed further trust in Embraer to serve them and their new E195-E2 fleet, reinforcing our long-standing strategic partnership," said Johann Bordais, President and CEO, Embraer Services & Support. "The Techcare Team is extremely excited to provide the unequaled service level our customers have come to expect from Embraer."
"Signing up for this service of Embraer reiterates our philosophy of recognizing the value of Brazilian products. We are the only airline in the country to acquire aircraft manufactured in Brazil and, strengthening our partnership with Embraer, we will be the launchers of the new generation of the company's E-Jets. This support which we agreed upon with them will guarantee an even more efficient operation, with greater aircraft competitiveness and availability, which will also impact the satisfaction of those who fly Azul," said Alex Malfitani, Vice President of Finance, Azul.
Embraer's Flight Hour Pool Program, which currently supports more than 40 airlines worldwide, is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment on high value repairable inventories and resources and to take advantage of Embraer's technical expertise and its vast component repair service provider network. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels.
Embraer Services & Support currently supports 100% of the E-Jets E2 delivered by offering a package of services customized for each customer and their business needs. These support programs are part of a suite of products that Embraer designed to assist the worldwide growing fleet of Embraer aircraft through TechCare.
The E195-E2 is the second of three new aircraft models that make up the E2 family of aircraft. The E190-E2 is already being operated by Norway's Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, and Air Astana, a flag carrier of Kazakhstan.