Air Dolomiti currently operates five E195s. The additional aircraft will see Air Dolomitiâ€™s E-Jets fleet double. In response to the growing demand within Europe, the new equipment will be used to add flights on domestic routes and increase frequencies between Verona and Lufthansaâ€™s Munich hub. The E195s will be configured with the new Slim Seat Plus, an ergonomically designed seat that is comfortable, yet weighs less, to help reduce fuel consumption.
â€œLufthansaâ€™s follow-on order demonstrates the proven ability of the E195 to operate in the highly competitive European market,â€ said Paulo CÃ©sar de Souza e Silva, President, Embraer Commercial Aviation. â€œThe doubling of Air Dolomitiâ€™s E-Jets fleet is an endorsement of the airlineâ€™s confidence in the aircraftâ€™s compatibility with the carrierâ€™s expanding network.â€
Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President Lufthansa Group Fleet Management, said: â€œI am delighted that this additional order will enable us to secure the development of our medium-haul fleet. It is the next logical step in our strategy of ongoing fleet modernisation with regards to fuel efficiency, operating costs, noise and emissions.â€
With this new order, Lufthansa will be the operator of the largest fleet of E-Jets in Europe. The company has ordered 43 E190s and E195s since May 2007. Today, 28 E-Jets are in service with three of Lufthansaâ€™s five regional partner carriers: Lufthansa CityLine, Air Dolomiti and Augsburg Airways.
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