Hebei Airlines receives first Embraer E-Jet

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China's Hebei Airlines has taken delivery of its first two E-190 aircraft from Embraer.

The sale of the two E-190s was confirmed this month, and the purchase of another eight jets is still subject to Chinese government approval.

The E-190s will be deployed to support the establishment of a hub network within Hebei province, and will also fly from Shijiazhuang to other provincial capitals, with more routes and frequencies.

Luo Zhanling, vice-chairman of Hebei Airlines, said: "The introduction of these jets during the Chinese 12th Five-Year period [2011-2015] matches the company's marketing strategy, and is one of our important initiatives in response to the state's call to build China as a civil aviation powerhouse by improving the country's regional aviation sector."