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Airlink confirms plans for E170s, 190s

Posted 23 January 2017 · Add Comment

Airlink has acquired three EMB-170s and two EMB-190s, from ECC Leasing, a wholly-owned unit of Embraer, reports ch-aviation.

The first of the aircraft, EMB-190 is due for delivery during the first half of this year. 

"This is the beginning of the implementation of a well-planned growth and modernisation strategy for Airlink that includes replacing our current fleet of ARJ-85s over the next three years," said Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink.

"The strategy calls for a total of 13 E-Jets, and we are in the process of sourcing the balance of the fleet requirement – an additional eight E190s – from the market."

The South African regional operator also alluded to using the type on flights to the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena where a second tender for scheduled services has been floated.

"The E190's ETOPS (Extended Twin Engine Operations) capability and range presents Airlink with new market opportunities to address isolated destinations that were previously beyond our reach and in some instances that have never enjoyed the privilege of reliable scheduled air services," said Foster.

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