Aerolineas Argentinas Orders 12 E2 Jets

Credit: Embraer

Aerolineas Argentinas has ordered 12 Embraer 195-E2s to expand its crossover jet fleet.

The Argentinian flag-carrier currently operates 17 previous-generation E190s, with a further nine in storage, according to AWIN Fleet Discovery data. In an October 12 statement, the company said that the new E195-E2s would replace E190s, but did not specify whether the new arrivals would merely displace the same number of older models.

The E195-E2s will enter service from 2024, with deliveries being completed by 2026. They will offer significantly more capacity, with the new aircraft being configured for 136 seats compared to 96 in the E190s.

"With this agreement we are able to modernize our fleet, increase productivity and reduce the cost per seat,” Aerolineas Argentinas president, Pablo Ceriani said.

Embraer welcomed the decision to replace older models with the E195-E2. "The aircraft's performance, reduced environmental impact and the comfort of the aircraft's 2x2 seats, with no centre seats and huge internal luggage compartments, will be a significant change for Aerolíneas and its guests," Embraer CCO, Martyn Holmes said.

Fuel consumption of the new aircraft is calculated as being 13.8% better than the aircraft they will replace. The airline said that, in a dynamic and expanding domestic and regional market, the incorporation of larger, more efficient aircraft would generate 16% more revenue.

Alan Dron

Based in London, Alan is Europe & Middle East correspondent at Air Transport World.