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American Airlines Orders Four Embraer E175s for Envoy Air

American Airlines has recently finalized a purchase agreement with Embraer to procure four new E175s. These state-of-the-art aircraft will be added to the fleet of Envoy Air, which operates American Eagle regional flights and is a fully-owned subsidiary of American Airlines.

American Airlines' regional operator Envoy Air will get four new Embraer E175 jets.
Envoy Air will get four new Embraer E175 jets. Source: Embraer

The delivery of all four planes is planned for the fourth quarter of 2024. These aircraft will add to Envoy Air’s fleet of over 150 E-Jet aircraft by the end of that year. This significant contract, valued at $230.6 million based on list prices, will be officially recorded in Embraer‘s third-quarter 2023 backlog.

“These new jets will allow us to continue growing with American Airlines. We’re pleased to announce these additional four aircraft, following the order announced in June, as the US domestic and regional markets recover from a very challenging few years. The E175 allows us to provide an excellent and reliable service to American Airlines and the thousands of guests we serve everyday”, said Pedro Fábregas, President & CEO of Envoy.

“This new order demonstrates once more the importance of the E175 to connectivity across the United States and is another sign that the challenges the market has been facing are improving,” said Martyn Holmes, CCO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The E175 is the backbone of the US regional network, with over 620 aircraft sold and 86% market share since 2013. We thank American Airlines and Envoy for their long partnership with Embraer.”

The E175 aircraft was introduced in North America in 2005 and has quickly become popular for its exceptional comfort, impressive performance, and excellent fuel efficiency. One of the standout features of the E175 is its two-by-two seating configuration, ensuring that passengers can enjoy their flight without being stuck in a middle seat. With a worldwide E170/E175 fleet accumulating over 19.5 million flight hours, it’s worth noting that Envoy alone has contributed 1.3 million flight hours to this total.

About Envoy Air

Envoy Air Inc. is a regional airline operating as a subsidiary of American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL). With a fleet of over 160 aircraft, Envoy Air operates around 800 daily flights to more than 160 destinations. Under the recognizable American Eagle brand and livery, Envoy Air’s dedicated team of over 19,000 employees provides regional flight service for American Airlines. Additionally, Envoy Air offers ground handling services for many American flights.

Established in 1998, Envoy Air was formed through the merger of several smaller regional carriers, positioning itself as one of the world’s largest regional airlines. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Envoy Air operates extensively in American’s major hubs, including Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, and Miami.

To differentiate itself from other American Eagle branded carriers, Envoy Air underwent a name change on April 15, 2014, becoming Envoy Air Inc. This strategic decision aligns with its status as a distinct entity within the American Airlines Group, encompassing American Airlines, US Airways, and Envoy Air.

The Envoy Air Fleet

Envoy is expanding its fleet by adding more two-class aircraft, including the spacious Embraer 175 (E175) with 76 seats and the comfortable Embraer 170 (E170) with 65 seats. This upgrade provides a seamless travel experience for passengers connecting to and from mainline flights. While introducing these larger regional jets, Envoy also maintains a fleet of smaller Embraer 145 aircraft with 50 seats.

The airline is hiring hundreds of employees across all work groups to operate the expanding fleet.

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