Embraer Confirms JAL E170 Order

JAL EMB170Embraer SA has announced a firm order from Japan Airlines (JAL) for another four Embaer 170 jets.  The manufacturer says firm order is already included in its backlog as an “undisclosed” customer.  JAL’s total firm orders for the E170 now stand at 15 aircraft.
As with the previous aircraft ordered by JAL, these four E170s will be configured with 76 seats in a single-class layout and will be operated by J-AIR, JAL’s wholly-owned subsidiary that serves the company’s domestic network.  The airline already operates twelve E170s, with a dispatch reliability of 99.7% over the last 12 months.
“We are honoured to have this new order from JAL, which is another endorsement of the E170’s capabilities on domestic routes in Japan,” said John Slattery, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation.  “Since we delivered the first aircraft to JAL in 2008, we have established a commitment to support the airline’s return to growth with the E170s enabling the re-launch of several routes, whilst also better matching capacity to demand.”
Tetsuya Onuki, President, J-AIR added: “We are operating approximately 158 flights daily to 27 destinations in 20 cities throughout Japan.  Using these additional aircraft, we are able to expand our network to and from Osaka Itami Airport which is our main base of operations.  Our customers also appreciate that the E170 provides a comfortable and reliable solution for J-AIR.”
Embraer has also signed an extension of the Pool Programme with JAL to include these additional four aircraft.  The programme covers more than 300 part numbers for all E170 jets operated by J-AIR.