Wed, Jun 11, 2003
100 EMB-190s Officially Booked; 100 Options Written
JetBlue Airways Corporation, now officially the launch customer
for the so-new Embraer 190, has placed an order for 100 of the
machines, with options for an additional 100. Embraer values the
firm contract at $3 billion, with a potential value of $6 billion
if all options are exercised.
The Embraer 190 is the
manufacturer's newest model in a family of mid-sized aircraft
targeting the growing 70- to 110-seat market. This family
incorporates advanced design features such as integrated avionics,
fly-by-wire flight controls, and more efficient, environmentally
friendly GE engines.
100 leather seats...
As with jetBlue's A320 fleet, all of the low-cost carrier's new
Embraer aircraft will offer DIRECTV satellite programming at every
roomy leather seat. The new aircraft will feature 100 seats in an
all-coach, two-by-two seating configuration.
JetBlue plans to take delivery of
the first seven aircraft in 2005, with the remainder of the order
expected to be delivered through 2011, at a rate of approximately
18 per year. Options begin in 2011. JetBlue ordered 65 Airbus A320s in
April. With this new Embraer order and the low-cost airline's
current fleet of 42 Airbus A320 aircraft plus orders and options
for future Airbus deliveries, jetBlue's fleet could grow to as many
as 290 aircraft by the end of 2011. Lease financing has been
arranged for the first 30 Embraer 190 aircraft deliveries.
The -190 is powered by GE Aircraft Engines' CF34-10, the newest
and most powerful member of GE's successful CF34 engine family.
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