Congo Airways converts order for Embraer E175 to E190-E2 jets

Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer S.A. has announced Congo Airways has converted the firm order for two E175 aircraft into a firm order for two E190-E2 jets, the company said.

The order includes purchase rights for two additional aircraft. The new deal has a total value of USD 256 million at current list prices.

Congo Airways said the new jets will be replacing its legacy turboprops and will extend operations within the Democratic Republic of Congo, and regionally to West, Central, and Southern Africa.

The aircraft will be configured in a dual class layout seating 96 passengers in total, with 12 staggered business class seats. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022. This is second E2 order received from an African customer. There are currently 189 Embraer aircraft operating in Africa with 54 airlines in 27 countries.

Embraer is a global aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats.