Brazillian plane maker Embraer announced at Farnborough that Indonesia’s Kalstar Aviation, a regional operator, signed a firm order for five E190-E2s with additional purchase rights for up to five other planes of the same model for a total order value of US$582 million at list prices.
Embraer said it would include the sales as part of its 2016 third-quarter backlog with deliveries scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2020. The order means the E-Jets E2 backlog now stands at 272 firm orders plus 388 letters of intent, options and purchase rights for a total of 660 commitments from airlines and leasing companies.
“Kalstar Aviation has taken a differentiated path in the Indonesian market by utilising current generation E-Jets, and soon the E2s, to grow their business sustainably and to provide their passengers an unparalleled cabin experience,” said John Slattery, the newly installed president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The E190-E2 jet promises to be the best aircraft in its category and will provide greater efficiency to Kalstar Aviation.”
Established in 2007, Kalstar Aviation, named after “Kalimantan Star”, has been connecting passengers to cities in the province of Kalimantan – an area known for mining and agriculture. The airline currently operates an E190 and two E195s on domestic routes in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Embraer also announced it had received a firm order for an additional E190 from Japan Airlines. Originally an option for the E170, the order conversion to an E190 was signed following the E190’s Japan debut with Japan Airlines’ subsidiary J-AIR in early May 2016. This additional E190 firm order adds to the existing eight E190s that airline has on backlog.