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Myanmar Airways International Commences Embraer E190 Flights; Belavia Takes Delivery of E195-E2

Embraer announced today that Myanmar Airways International’s first E190 commenced revenue service yesterday, operating four flights throughout the day. On Monday, the manufacturer also announced the delivery of Belavia’s first E195-E2.


Myanmar Airways International Embraer E190 - Courtesy Embraer

On Tuesday (December 22, 2020), Embraer announced that Myanmar Airways International (MAI) commenced passenger revenue operations with their first Embraer 190. Operations began Monday with four flights throughout the day and MAI will receive their second E190 on December 23, 2020. The carrier will expand its E190 routes to nine destinations across the country, upgrading from turboprops operated by their sister carrier Air KBZ. MAI has also signed up for Embraer’s Pool Program for parts and maintenance, joining three other E-Jet operators in the Asia Pacific region since the start of 2020. Commenting on the start of E190 operations, MAI’s Chief Executive Officer, Saravanan Ramasamy, said,


“Our pilots, cabin crew, maintenance crew and our staff are proud to take MAI’s E190 to the skies and to serve our passengers with an enhanced flying experience. We look forward to a productive partnership with Embraer. The operation of the E190 marks yet another important milestone in MAI’s fleet expansion strategy and domestic jet network growth. As the demand grows, we plan to scale up the frequency of our E190 operations to eight flights a day.”


Also speaking on the start of E190 operations, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s Asia Pacific Vice President, Raul Villaron, added,


“The commencement of Myanmar Airways International’s E190 flights will enhance connectivity in Myanmar. The airline will benefit from the performance and efficiency of the aircraft and generous cargo capacity. Passengers will appreciate the comfort in the cabin. Myanmar Airways International can operate with full confidence that our excellent service and support team are here to support them.”


Preparing for the start of E190 operations, eight MAI pilots underwent month-long Initial Pilot Training last September in Zhuhai, China. Embraer also conducted the license-engineer type course for the carrier’s engineers. As previously mentioned, MAI has joined the Embraer Pool Program which offers full repair coverage for components and parts, airframe maintenance and unlimited access to a large stock of components at the company’s distribution centers.


Myanmar Airways International (MAI) operates from their hubs in Yangon and Mandalay and serves 18 destinations across Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, China, Taiwan, South Korea and India. The airline’s sister carrier Air KBZ operates eight ATR-72-600s and serves 18 domestic destinations in Myanmar, with 130 weekly flights.

In an earlier announcement on Monday (December 21, 2020), Embraer reported the delivery of the first of three E195-E2s to Belavia, Belarusian Airlines, the national carrier of Belarus. Belavia’s next generation E2s are on lease from AerCap and configured in a dual class 125 seat layout with nine Business and 116 Economy Class seats. Belavia will deploy the new E195-E2s on popular routes to destinations including London, Barcelona, Nur-Sultan, Munich, Paris, Sochi and Amsterdam. In Monday’s announcement, JSC Belavia’s CEO, Anatoly Gusarov, said,


“Belavia’s passengers love our current Embraer aircraft and I hope they will love the next generation E2 even more. The E2 offers Belavia lower operating costs, as well as the lowest impact on the environment. At Belavia we like to keep our fleet young and fresh; with the addition of the E195-E2 we can take more passengers, further, in greater comfort, and more efficiently – the E2 is the perfect fit.”


Embraer Commercial Aviation’s Vice President – Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cesar Pereira, added,


Belavia Embraer E195-E2 - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney

“It’s great to welcome another airline to the E2 family of operators. As airlines’ ramp up their operations, the E195-E2 is perfectly positioned to right size routes previously operated by narrowbodies, while keeping frequencies and adjusting capacity to new levels. We look forward to supporting Belavia as they continue to upgrade their offering to their customers.”


Further commenting on Belavia’s E195-E2 delivery, AerCap’s President and Chief Commercial Officer, Philip Scruggs, stated,


“We congratulate the team at Belavia on the delivery of their first E195-E2. We wish Belavia every success as they continue to modernize their fleet.”


Belavia’s new E195-E2 aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and an AP2600E auxiliary power unit (APU). The aircraft delivers a 25.4% reduction in fuel burn per seat compared to the previous generation E195 and a 50% reduction in NOx emissions below the ICAO CAEP/6 and a 19dB to 20dB od ICAO Chapter 4 cumulative noise margin.


Headquartered in São dos Campos, Brazil, Embraer is a global aerospace companies with businesses in Commercial and Executive aviation, Agricultural Aviation, Defense and Security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, while providing after-sales services and support. Founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft and on average, every ten seconds an Embraer aircraft takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers annually. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of aircraft up to 150 seats and maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.



Source(s): Embraer, Pratt & Whitney

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