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Thu, 14 Feb 2019

Embraer Signs E190-E2 Pool Program Contract with Air Astana

Air Astana has signed a multi-year agreement with Embraer on a Flight Hour Pool Program to support the component needs for the airline’s new E2 fleet.

The airline operates a fleet of nine E190s and took delivery of its first E190-E2 jet in December 2018. The new aircraft flies on domestic and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) routes.

 The airline will receive four additional E190-E2s later this year, with the last of the five aircraft, all of which are leased by AerCap, being delivered in the final quarter of 2019.

The Pool Agreement for the airline’s E190-E2 fleet will cover unlimited access and full repair coverage for more than 325 components with almost a third of them exclusively placed at airline’s main base to ensure high fleet availability.

Air Astana Embraer E190-E2 aircraft featuring a special Snow Leopard livery intended to draw global attention to the threat of extinction faced by this large wild cat, which is a native to the mountain ranges of southern Kazakhstan. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

“We are proud that Air Astana has chosen to place its trust in us to support its new E2 fleet, further reinforcing Embraer's commitment to customers in the region with TechCare portfolio of solutions. It is a strong endorsement for the program and Embraer services, proving customers loyalty to the state of the art support of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) with a competitive value,” said Johann Bordais, President and CEO of Embraer Services & Support.

Embraer’s Flight Hour Pool Program, which currently supports more than 40 airlines worldwide, is designed to allow airlines to minimize 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.

Peter Foster, CEO of Air Astana, said, “The support of the OEM is a natural fit for Air Astana as we transition into our new fleet of Embraer’s second generation of E- Jets. This was fundamental in our decision to join the program, which will allow us to upkeep our daily operations as it offers cost effective and practical solutions, guaranteeing efficiency and competitive results.”

The E190-E2 is the first of three new aircraft types that will make up the Embraer E2 family of aircraft developed to succeed the first-generation of E-Jets.

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