Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) signed (20-Dec-2012) a contract for two Embraer E175 jets. The total value of the deal is USD81.6 million, at list price, which will be included in Embraer’s 4Q2012 backlog. Both aircraft will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats. This order brings the total number of aircraft in the airline's all-E-Jet fleet to eight. These aircraft will be equipped with Autoland systems to perform CAT III approach and landing in limited visual conditions. In line with FDA’s brand, each of these aircraft will be painted in a different colour. The colours of the six E-Jets in the airline’s current fleet are red, light blue, green, orange, pink and purple. Created in 2007 as a low-cost operator, FDA initially ordered two E170 jets for its start-up operations from Shizuoka in Jul-2009. In that same year, FDA ordered another E175, and subsequently added one E170 and two E175 jets between 2010 and 2011, thereby tripling its initial fleet in less than three years of revenue service. With aircraft based in Nagoya and Shizuoka, FDA links secondary cities in Japan where demand is growing. The six E-Jets in FDA’s current fleet covers a network of 10 stations spread across Japan such as Fukuoka, Niigata, Aomori and Sapporo, with the carrier transporting over 1.3 million passengers to date. It operates 40 daily services. [more - original PR]
Fuji Dream Airlines orders two more E175 Jets
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