Lufthansa converts two more orders to E-195s

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Lufthansa has converted two more orders for Embraer 190 aircraft to larger-capacity E-195s, bringing to 14 the number of 112-seaters on order with the Brazilian airframer

The German carrier's 30-strong E-Jets order now comprises 14 E-195s and 16 E-190s. Embraer revealed those statistics today in a statement confirming it delivered a total 204 jets in 2008.

Delivery of the E-Jets to Lufthansa is expected to begin this year.

The carrier has not ruled out adding more E-190 family aircraft to its fleet in the future but in the short term says it "is not a current issue".

Lufthansa also holds a letter of intent (LOI) with Embraer rival Bombardier covering firm orders for 30 CSeries aircraft.

Speaking in November at the Wings Club in New York, Lufthansa CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber said the 110/130-seat aircraft "will fit nicely" between regional jets and the next single-aisle aircraft that will eventually be developed by major airframers.

The LOI with Bombardier has not yet been firmed up by the airline.