â€œBenefiting from a strong reorganization, Alitalia is developing its regional network to meet new market and passengers requirements,â€ said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President & CEO. â€œWe are very pleased with the renewed confidence that Alitalia has accorded to our E-Jets family. This proves that the flexibility and the operational performance of these aircraft are able to meet market requirements.â€
The delivery of the new E-Jets is scheduled to begin in the third quarter 2011. The 88-seat EMBRAER 175s and the 100-seat EMBRAER 190s will be configured in a single-class layout. The aircraft will be used on the Alitaliaâ€™s domestic and European network, and will be based on the seven Italian airports: Rome Fiumicino, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Turin, Venice, Naples and Catania.
The 20 new aircraft will progressively replace and enhance Alitaliaâ€™s existing fleet of 16 regional aircraft, contributing to develop its ability to provide direct links over short and medium haul destinations, without the need for stopovers, consistent with the evolution of market demand. Moreover, lowering the average age of Alitaliaâ€™s fleet, already one of the youngest in Europe, the new E-Jets will increase the efficiency levels of the Italian airline, from economic and environmental perspectives, by reducing fuel consumption.
â€œThe choice of the Embraer E-Jets has been the result of a thorough analysis which involved not only all the main professional groups of Alitalia, but using an innovative method, also a sample of frequent flyer customers,â€ said Rocco Sabelli, CEO of Alitalia. â€œThis important investment is in addition to those currently made on the Alitaliaâ€™s medium and long-haul range fleet, and represents an important step further in the process of providing service excellence to all Companyâ€™s customers.â€