African regional carrier Airlink has added 11 Embraer ERJ 140 jets to its fleet and has expanded its flight hour pool program for another eight years.
Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has unveiled plans to ramp up its services offering by creating a new division focused on customer services and support.
Led by Johann Bordais, currently director of services and support for Embraer Commercial Aviation, the new division will begin operating in the first half of 2017 with a remit to develop support solutions for existing and future products and services, along with managing associated processes and resources.
The thinking behind the move appears to center on growth and integration, according to Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer president and CEO. “The new business will bring together capabilities that are currently spread throughout different business areas to offer customers a broad portfolio of solutions,” he said. “We see an opportunity to expand and integrate services and support.”
Embraer has pushed back certification of its E175 E2 regional jet from 2020 to 2021. In a statement the Brazilian manufacturer said it was influenced by recent labor negotiations between US airlines and pilot unions, which didn’t produce hoped-for movement on scope clauses
Joramco has signed an agreement to conduct base maintenance for TUIfly Belgium’s fleet of three E190 aircraft.
Chevron Technical Services is establishing a new maintenance facility at Glasgow Prestwick Airport in January 2017. Kevin Simons, sales and marketing director for the Chevron Group, says Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Prestwick now offers a significant portfolio of capabilities and supports many models, ranging from ERJ-170s and -190s up to 787s. “Chevron has a rich history in regional aircraft over the past five years and has supported many European operators with line and base maintenance,” Simons notes.
KLM UK Engineering has expanded its base maintenance approval by adding Embraer’s E170 and E190 to the aircraft it holds maintenance capabilities for.
American Airlines subsidiary Envoy Air has confirmed it will open a new aircraft maintenance facility in Little Rock, Arkansas later this year to service its fleet of Embraer E175s.
Embraer has extended its flight hour pool programme with Japan Airlines regional subsidiary J-Air covering its fleet of 20 E-Jet aircraft.
Chinese low-cost carrier Colorful Guizhou Airlines has agreed to buy up to five Embraer E190 aircraft from the Brazilian OEM.
Aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced plans to launch a voluntary dismissal programme to reduce its workforce in Brazil in an effort to cut costs by $200m.