Taipei-based Mandarin Airlines took delivery of its first Embraer
190 regional jet - the first of eight E-Jets to become the core aircraft of
its fleet, especially for domestic and short-haul intra-regional markets.
Mandarin’s E-Jets will be operated under leases with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) and will come from the existing GECAS backlog. The total order includes deliveries of another seven jets, Embraer 190 or Embraer 195.
The Embraer 190 delivered to Mandarin has a single-class configuration consisting of 104 seats with a 31-inch pitch (79 cm). In addition to replacing its older fleet of jets, the carrier will use the new-generation E-Jets to develop markets throughout Asia.
On March 31, 2007, Embraer had logged 630 firm orders and 558 options for the E-Jets, totaling 1,188 aircraft to 32 customers worldwide.
Based in Taipei, Mandarin Airlines was founded in 1991 for the purpose of operating international services. Following a merger with Formosa Airlines, in 1999, the airline significantly expanded its domestic presence in Taiwan. Today, Mandarin is a subsidiary of China Airlines and is poised to launch further expansion opportunities with intra-regional
Mandarin currently operates 65 departures per day to 19 destinations throughout Taiwan and the region.