in Air Transport

Embraer to up African support

Posted 6 December 2012 · Add Comment

Embraer is in negotiations with Kenya Airways over an E-Jet simulator and service centre approval, as it pushes to boost its African support presence, writes Victoria Moores.

The Brazilian manufacturer’s African fleet today stands at 124 aircraft, comprising seven Embraer 110s, 49 Embraer 120s, 38 ERJs and 30 E-Jets, with a further nine on order.

It has two ERJ support centres in Africa, one in Morroco through Air Atlantique and a second in South Africa through SA Airlink, which also operates an ERJ simulator. However, its support presence for the larger E-Jet family is comparatively weak, with a sole service centre operated by EgyptAir.

“We want to develop excellence centres for Africa,” said Mathieu Duquesnoy, Embraer VP commercial aviation Middle East and Africa., speaking at the company’s airline business seminar held in Maputo this week. “We will start this with existing operators and develop it wherever the fleet is. We are working very actively with Kenya Airways on a simulator and to get them approved as a service centre. The timescale will be over the next few months.”

Kenya Airways chief operating officer Mbuvi Ngunze confirms discussions are underway with Embraer. He hopes to finalise the talks “soon” and is aiming to take delivery of the E-Jet simulator in 2013.

“Soon we might be able to announce something substantive from a training point of view. That will bring advantages in terms of timing, costs and flexibility. This is something we are working on, so watch this space. On spares, we are working with Embraer to deliver a service centre, but these things depend on critical mass.”

LAM Mozambique, which operates three Embraer 190s and has another on order, already partners with Kenya Airways on spare parts and engine pooling. “I think there is room for more,” said LAM Mozambique CEO Marlene Manave. “We expect Kenya Airways to get an Embraer 190 simulator and, if that happens we will definitely cooperate with them on training.”

Maputo-based LAM is also planning to take delivery of two ERJ-145s in 2013.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Aviation Africa Summit & Exhibition wins ‘Best International Event’ at EN Indy Awards

Aviation Africa has won 'Best International Event' for the 2019 event held in Kigali, Rwanda in February this year.

Cairo joins the Emirates A380 network

Following the recent debut of its flagship A380 aircraft to Cairo, Emirates will introduce a regular scheduled commercial A380 service to the Egyptian capital starting from 27 October 2019, four times a week.

EgyptAir Training Academy completes training courses

EgyptAir Training Academy has completed its latest training courses accredited by international and regional organisations to help to improve the performance of employees of the company.

MEBAA insurance tailor made its medical insurance to suit members in UAE

MEBAA has entered into an Agreement with National General Insurance Company (NGI) UAE, to provide uniquely designed Medical Insurance Scheme for its member companies operating within UAE.

Congolese Air Force cargo plane crashes

An Antonov An-72 transport plane operating for the Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo crashed near Punia last week.

Joramco and Kenya Airways sign maintenance agreement

Joramco and Kenya Airways, the flag carrier airline of Kenya, have signed a heavy maintenance agreement for the first time to perform OOP check for six B787 from the carrier’s fleet in addition to major modification tasks related to

AVMENA20 SK1309100620
See us at
AVMENA20 BT1309100620Dubai AS BT2006211119AVAFA20BT2207050320