FARNBOROUGH: Hebei Airlines acquires five E-190s

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China's Hebei Airlines has acquired five additional Embraer 190s, which will join its fleet by end-2013 in a deal worth $226 million at list prices.

Hebei already operates two E-190s, which have been in revenue service since January.

"The approval by the Chinese government for Hebei Airlines to acquire five more E-190s indicates their confidence in the E-Jets' performance and the jets' contribution to the development of China's aviation industry," says Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer's president, commercial aviation.

Luo Zhanling, vice-chairman and chief executive of Hebei Aviation Investment Group, says: "Expanding the E-Jets fleet fits into our marketing strategy, and we have the confidence that the right sized E-190s with their outstanding economic performance will contribute to the company's development."

Embraer says Hebei's order is included in its backlog for the second quarter. There are currently 60 E-190s in service in China.

Hebei is based in Shijiazhuang in China's Hebei province and operates to eight destinations with about 70 flights a week.