TRIP searches for three E-190s

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TRIP Linhas Aereas is in the market to add three Embraer 190s to its fleet next year, one aircraft more than initially planned.

Talking to CAO at the 900th delivery ceremony in Toulouse last week, CEO Jose Mario Caprioli, says the decision to take an additional aircraft to the fleet was approved at a recent board meeting.

Caprioli says TRIP is in discussions with two operating lessors, which are offering eight-year leases contracts. "We plan to take the three aircraft in the first half of next year," he comments.

TRIP currently operates six Embraer 175s but plans to grow its Embraer fleet to 14 aircraft by the end of 2011.

The Brazilian regional carrier converted two Embraer 175 options into the Embraer 190 model at the Farnborough air show this year. Both will be delivered in April and May 2011, according to Caprioli.

TRIP also committed to take three ex-Paramount Airways Embraer 175 aircraft on lease from GECAS. The aircraft were initially scheduled for delivery in August, September and October this year, but Caprioli says TRIP will now take delivery of the first aircraft next month. The remaining two are scheduled for November.

TRIP also operates 30 ATR 42/72s and plans to increase its turboprop fleet with six ATR 72s and five ATR 42s next year. Caprioli says the carrier will operate a total of 57 aircraft by the end of 2011.