AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Embraer announced that Eastern Airways, the most recent operator to join the E-Jet family, has signed a Flight Hour Pool Program contract. The pool agreement, for up to six years, covers more than 300 part numbers for Eastern Airways’ two recently acquired E170 jets. The airline, based in the UK, also operates three Embraer ERJ 145 jets.
“We have demonstrated to Eastern Airways that the Embraer Pool Program is the most complete solution to support their new E-Jets operation, ensuring availability and competitive operating costs”, said Johann Bordais, Vice President, Services & Support, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Whatever the fleet size, the Pool Program is the perfect low investment solution to support airline operations 24/7.”
Tony Burgess, Eastern Airways’ Chief Operating Officer, said: “The addition of the E170 jets gives us tremendous flexibility as the only airline in Europe offering this modern aircraft type dedicated to the charter market. The introduction of these latest aircraft has enhanced our capabilities, offering superb range and additional flexibility to meet the charter market’s requirements, and the Pool Program will help support our aircraft operations. We will continue to look at opportunities to further enhance our fleet.”
Embraer’s Flight Hour Pool Program, which is currently supporting more than 65% of E-Jets customers worldwide, is designed to minimize airlines’ up-front investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources, while taking advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and its vast component service provider network. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in warehousing space requirements that virtually eliminates the need for repair management resources, and ultimately, guaranteed performance levels.
Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 130+ seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and the E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,700 orders and over 1,200 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.