Azul reportedly orders 24 additional Embraer E195-E2

An E195-E2 in Embraer livery. Photo: © Nathan Coats

During a meeting with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras CEO John Rodgerson stated that his airline has ordered an additional 24 Embraer E195-E2, a local São Paulo newspaper reports.

This latest order means that Azul now has 75 aircraft of the type on order, of which it has already received four jets. Azul initially ordered 30 E195-E2 before upping that order by 21 aircraft in late 2018. It became the launch customer in September 2019. The additional jets will replace the current fleet of 50 E195 and six E190 aircraft and allow for additional network expansion following Avianca Brazil’s demise last year.

Azul Linhas Aéreas was founded in 2008 by David Neeleman and currently is the third largest Brazilian airline after LATAM Brazil and Gol with a fleet of over 140 aircraft consisting of the aforementioned Embraer E190 and E195 as well as 39 A320neo family aircraft, 33 ATR72-600 and 12 A330 family aircraft, including 4 A330-900neo. Adding to a large domestic network are a few longhaul flights to the US and Portugal as well as international flights to neighboring countries.

The Embraer E2-jet generation is the successor to the original E-Jet family and has so far secured a little over 200 orders for the E190-E2 and the E195-E2 aircraft.