Somon Air plans to buy eight Embraer 190s

Somon Air, Tajikistan, will replenish its aircraft fleet in 2019-2021 with new generation Embraer E190s for domestic and regional flights, Sputmik Uzbekistan writes.

“These aircraft with seating arrangements up to 106 passenger seats will allow the airline to expand its air route network,” Thomas Hallam, CEO, Somon Air, told journalists on Thursday.

He said that the leadership of Somon Air and the President of Embraer Commercial Aviation discussed the issue that Somon Air would like to acquire eight Embraer E190 E2 aircraft for domestic and regional flights. “The meeting discussed the issues of financing this purchase through the export-credit bank of Brazil under the scheme of financial leasing,” Mr. Hallam added.

The airline and the Brazilian aircraft conglomerate Embraer held a presentation of the new generation Embraer E190 E2 aircraft in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports. Representatives of the Tajik Government, heads of aviation structures and journalists got on board the liner. The demonstration flight took place from Dushanbe to Ismoil Somoni peak and back and it took 45 minutes.

Mr. Hallam noted that this event was organized in response to a meeting in March 2018 between the Embraer CEO John Slattery and Prime Minister of Tajikistan Kohir Rasulzoda. “This meeting has led to the fact that Somon Air has determined a strategy for itself for further development,” the air carrier;s CEO added. According to him, working with Embraer, the airline plans to expand the regional air route network of Central Asia and restore flights to the cities of Uzbekistan.

To date, Somon Air operates flights from Tajikistan to Uzbekistan, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, China, Russia and Kazakhstan. At present, the air company’s fleet includes Boeing airplanes.

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