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  • Joe Breitfeller

Congo Airways Orders Two Embraer E175s, Secures Purchase Rights For Two Additional Aircraft

Embraer announced Tuesday that Congo Airways has placed a firm order for two E175s with a list value of $194.4 million. The airline has also secured purchase rights for two additional aircraft.

Congo Airwaya Airbus A320-216 - Courtesy Congo Airways

Yesterday, Embraer announced that Congo Airways has placed a firm order for two Embraer E175s and has optioned two more. The list value of the deal is $194.4 million, and it will be included in Embraer’s fourth quarter backlog. Congo Airways E175s will be arranged in a dual-class configuration with 12 business and 64 economy class seats. The airline expects to receive their first aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2020. In Tuesday’s announcement, Congo Airways’ CEO, Desire Bantu said,

“These new jets will replace our current turboprop offering and allow us to serve routes within the Democratic Republic of Congo, and regionally to West, Central, and Southern Africa, from our hub at Kinshasa. We will now have the flexibility and 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.”

Embraer E175 - Courtesy Embraer

Congo Airways currently operates a fleet of two Airbus A320-216s and two Bombardier Q400 turboprops and the new order will transition the airline to an all jet fleet. Also commenting on yesterday’s announcement, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s Vice President of Sales – Africa & the Middle East, Raul Villaron added,

“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.”

Embraer is the leading manufacturer of aircraft up to 150 seats and has more than 100 customers worldwide. The company has logged over 1,800 orders for their newest generation E-Jets and has already delivered 1,500 to 80 customers in 50 countries. Since the company’s founding in 1969, Embraer has delivered over 8,000 aircraft. Today, an Embraer aircraft takes off on average every ten seconds, carrying over 145M passengers annually.

Source(s) Embraer, Congo Airways