Maybe this is geek squad stuff, but Brazilian start-up Azul is certainly warming to the idea of operating a sizeable fleet of Embraer 190s.
Earlier this year, the brainchild of JetBlue founder David Neeleman ordered 36 118-seat Embraer E-195s (which will feature LiveTV satellite television).
Embraer has since revealed that the 36-strong order was altered during the third quarter. Instead Azul is now in the books for 31 E-195s and five brand new E-190s from the airframer.
This is in addition to the six E-190s being leased by Azul (two directly from JetBlue and four from Jetscape, which has acquired from JetBlue four E-190 deliveries).
And so, using some very simple addition that allowed me to squeak by in High School maths, it is evident that Azul plans to operate a fleet of at least 11 E-190s.
The carrier doesn’t make mention of this apparent change in strategy on its web site. Indeed, Azul still indicates it intends to fly 36 E-195s.
Will Azul convert its entire order for E-195s to smaller-capacity E-190s? I can’t rightly say. As recently as last month, Neeleman told me that Azul would launch in early 2009 with a mixture of E-190s and E-195s.
Just don’t change the LiveTV plan, okay?