Estonian Air places Embraer order

Three E-175s and one E-190 ordered, others leased

Estonian Air has ordered three E-175s and an E-190, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2014, as the airline begins to replace its current fleet of Boeing 737s and Bombardier CRJs. It will also lease eight more aircraft – four E-170s from Finnair and four E-190s. The first E-170 entered service this month. All of the aircraft will have a single-class layout.
Tero Taskila, Estonian Air’s president, a Finnish national, has explained that “the one-family concept offers the capacity flexibility we need to pursue our immediate expansion and fleet modernisation objectives. The aircraft will deliver a standard of inflight experience that will keep us competitive and allow us to access new markets with lower risk than using larger jets.”
He added: “We have also been following with high interest the analysis that Embraer is conducting to launch a second generation of its E-Jets, using new engines, with possible entry into service around 2018.”
[photo courtesy Embraer]