Brazil delivers two Embraer 170 jets to Libya

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Embraer has delivered two brand-new Embraer 170 jets to the new Libyan aviation service provider Petro Air under a deal that also includes purchase rights to two Embraer 190 aircraft. With a value of US$ 66.8 million, at list price, based on 2010 economic conditions, it could come to US$ 146.8 million, if all purchase rights are confirmed.

“We are very pleased by Petro Air’s selection of the Embraer 170 to play an extremely important shuttle role that is vital to their business,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “Given their special transportation needs, this expression of confidence in our aircraft, based on Sirte Oil’s in-service experience, is testimony to the airplane’s suitability and flexibility to adapt to different business environments.”

The two Embraer 170s, delivered in late March, are configured in a spacious single-class 76-seat layout. They will join the Embraer 170 that was delivered to the Sirte Oil Company in the first quarter of 2007, to be used to transport oil company personnel from Libya’s capital Tripoli to many station points in the country, as well as to provide ad hoc charter services. For passenger convenience, the aircraft is outfitted with an In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system that includes Internet access, Embraer says.

Petro Air GM Basem Tantush says the airline was “excited about this new fleet of Embraer 170s, which offers a generous cabin and a voluminous luggage compartment. These features are of paramount importance to our passengers. Because of the exceptional performance and reliability of the Embraer already operated by Sirte Oil Company, we decided to acquire these two new aircraft. We expect 2010 to be an extremely dynamic year for us, and these aircraft will play a key role in achieving our success.”