Embraer inks pool program deal with Widerøe for E-Jets E2

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January 5, 2018: In a recent development, Norwegian regional carrier Wideroe has entered into agreement with Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer on a flight hour pool program for its soon to be inducted E2 fleet.

According to reports, Widere is the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, and   launch customer for the E190-E2. It's the first contract of its kind signed for the E-Jets E2%u2014Embraers second generation E-Jet family of commercial aircraft.

The agreement shall cover over 300 key rotable components, for the Widere's E190-E2 fleet. 

Sources said that Widere is expected to receive its first E190-E2 in April 2018, and subsequently commence its operations.

'This contract reminds me of the first Pool we signed for the E-Jets current generation 14 years ago. It was for just one aircraft and proved to be the first of many others,' said Johann Bordais, president & CEO of Embraer Service & Support. 

'Widere is once again showing their confidence in Embraer, its products and level of support; something that embeds our responsibility and commitment with the airline even deeper,' said Bordais.

Widere's contract with Embraer is for up to 15 E2 jets comprising three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 additional E2s. The order is valued at about $873 million. The airline is also in the process to configure E190-E2s in a comfortable single-class layout with 114 seats.

'Embraer started to support us the day we signed the contract, and that support has continued to develop, in partnership with our team, to ensure the smoothest possible entry in service for this fine aircraft that will revolutionise our offering to our customers,' said Stein Nilsen, CEO of Widere. 

'Our peers, other airlines and operators, enthusiastically endorse the Embraer Pool Program and this was fundamental in our decision to join the program; it's the smart choice,' said Nilsen.

Embraer's Flight Hour Pool Program, which currently supports over 40 airlines worldwide, is designed to allow airlines to minimise their upfront investment on expensive repairable inventories and resources and to take advantage of Embraer's technical expertise and its vast component repair service provider network. 

The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the elimination of resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels.

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