Embraer has announced a firm order for three new E175, plus three purchase rights for the same model of aircraft from Nigeria’s Overland Airways.
The 88-seat aircraft, with premium class cabin configuration, will be delivered from 2023. The deal is worth US$299.4 million, at list price with all purchase rights being exercised. Overland Airways operates from Nigeria across West Africa providing scheduled and charter flight services. The aircraft will enable the airline to increase domestic flights and allow to expand more regional routes.
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President and CEO of Overland Airways, Capt Edward Boyo, said: “We are confident that this is the right moment to invest, as regional aviation is on an optimistic post-pandemic recovery. Our customers will really enjoy all comfort in the E175, and we appreciate our partnership with Embraer.”
Cesar Pereira, Vice-President for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation added: “We are proud of this partnership with Overland and to support their regional expansion. We are seeing growing long-term demand for rightsized aircraft to deliver profitable domestic connections in Nigeria.”
A statement from Embraer added that during the pandemic, the E175 had been vital for many regional airlines for rebuilding their post-Covid network, enhancing frequencies and adding capacity to meet demand.