Azerbaijan Airlines to acquire Embraer 190s and 170s

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Central Asian carrier Azerbaijan Airlines has ordered four Embraer 190s and is also to acquire a pair of used Embraer 170s.

Azerbaijan Airlines is to take delivery of the 190s from the third quarter of 2013. The Brazilian airframer values this part of the agreement at $181 million, at catalogue prices.

But it also confirms that the operator will purchase two pre-owned 170s, to be delivered in the second quarter of 2013.

These two aircraft will be acquired through Embraer's leasing subsidiary ECC.

Azerbaijan Airlines president Jahangir Askerov says the 190 is the "ideal aircraft" for the speed and range needed for the operator to open new routes.

"It's a really versatile aircraft that will give us the ability to fly to both domestic and international markets where we see strong growth potential," he adds.

Askerov also states that the smaller 170s will enable the airline to "better match" seat capacity to variations in demand. The 170s will be fitted with 76 seats while the 190s will have 106, both in a single-class layout.