Air Europa parent company Globalia has converted purchase rights for six Embraer 195s originally detailed in February of this year into firm orders.

Embraer says the six aircraft were previously listed with an undisclosed customer in its third quarter firm backlog. Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for mid-2010.

In addition to the latest transaction Embraer says that one E-Jet from Globalia's original six-aircraft order has been sold to an undisclosed customer "resulting in a fleet of 11 Embraer 195 jets when all deliveries are completed".

In June Embraer noted that six 195s originally targeted for scrapped Spanish start-up Universal Airlines being established by Globalia president Juan Jose Hidalgo might be used for an alternative project.

Embraer says Air Europa will be the first carrier to operate the 195 in a single-class 122-seat layout. Planned markets for the 195s include short and medium-haul flights in Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands and Europe.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news