The DRC’s national airline Congo Airways and The Brazilian Aerospace company Embraer have signed a firm order for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for a further two in a total value of USD 194.4 million deal at current list prices with all purchase rights exercised, and will be added to Embraer’s 2019 fourth quarter backlog.
” These new jets will replace our current turboprop offering and allow us to serve routes both within the Democratic Republic of Congo, and regionally to West, Central, and Southern Africa, from our hub in Kinshasa. We will now have the flexibility and the right sized aircraft to serve our market, which is growing so rapidly an additional order may be required, for which the E2 is a particularly compelling option” said Desire Balazire, The Director General of Congo Airways.
The aircraft will be configured in a dual class layout seating 76 passengers in total, with 12 in business class. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Raul Villaron,Vice President Sales, Africa and Middle East, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “It’s great to welcome another airline to the Embraer family of operators, especially in Africa where the demand for regional travel is growing strongly. We look forward to supporting Congo Airways as they continue to upgrade their offering to their customers.”
The Kinshasa based Congo Airways was launched in 2015 and it currently deploys two A320s and two Q400s on flights between 14 airports in the DRC and Johannesburg in South Africa.
Having logged more than 1,800 aircraft orders, and 1,500 delivered.Headquatered in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft up to 150 seats with more than 100 customers across the world and is the third largest producer of civil aircraft, after Boeing and Airbus.