Congo Airways has signed a firm order with
Embraer for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for a further
The deal has a total value of USD 194.4 million
at current list prices with all purchase rights exercised.
Desire Bantu, CEO of Congo Airways,
said, “These new jets will replace our current [Dash 8-400] turboprop offering
and allow us to serve routes both within the Democratic Republic
of Congo, and regionally to West, Central, and Southern Africa,
from our hub in Kinshasa. We will now have the flexibility and the
right sized aircraft to serve our market, which is growing so
rapidly an additional order may be required, for which the E2 is a
particularly compelling option.”
The aircraft will be
configured in a dual class layout seating 76 passengers in total,
with 12 in business class.
Deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth
quarter of 2020.
Raul Villaron, Vice
President Sales, Africa and Middle East, Embraer Commercial
Aviation, said, “It’s great to welcome another airline to the
Embraer family of operators, especially in Africa where the demand
for regional travel is growing strongly. We look forward to
supporting Congo Airways as they continue to upgrade their
offering to their customers.”