PARIS: Embraer places E-Jets at Air Costa and Air Lituanica

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Current-generation Embraer E-Jets are to be operated by start-up regional airlines in India and Lithuania under new deals announced by the Brazilian airframer at the Paris air show.

Indian carrier Air Costa will lease two E-170s from Embraer subsidiary ECC Leasing, and buy one E-190. "Air Costa has chosen E-Jets for their efficiency and reliability," says KN Babu, the airline's chief executive. "The E-170 and E-190 are ideal in size and range. We can add frequencies and routes without adding too much capacity, thus serving places with seasonal demand, as well as key secondary and tertiary business centres."

Meanwhile, Air Lituanica is to lease one E-175 from ECC Leasing. It is also taking one E-170 on lease from Estonian Air under a previously disclosed deal.

"Air Lituanica is aiming to improve nonstop air travel links between Vilnius and points in Western Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS," says chief executive Erikas Zubrus. "The arrival of our first E-Jets is a very important milestone for the company."