Australia's Airnorth adds second E-170

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Australia's Airnorth has taken delivery of its second Embraer 170 regional jet and remains committed to adding two more by the middle of next year.

Embraer says in a statement that the Darwin-based carrier took delivery of its second E-170 at a ceremony in Sao Jose dos Campos yesterday. The aircraft has been acquired under a lease agreement with Jetscape.

Airnorth added its first E-170 in August 2007 and has said its second of the type will enable it to look at expanding services into Asia, although firm plans have yet to be revealed.

Embraer says the second E-170 has 76 seats in a single-class layout and it will be able to operate fully loaded from Darwin to every Australian capital city as well as to points in Asia such as Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore if the airline chooses.

The carrier's board has approved plans to have four E-170s in service by the middle of 2010 and it has said it remains committed to maintaining this plan.

Airnorth is using the aircraft to expand services into markets currently served and says it is continuing to assess "a number of new opportunities".