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.

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

African airlines’ traffic dropped 66.1% in January

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020).

AFRAA to launch the Sky-Connect dialogues

On 10th March 2021, AFRAA will launch the Sky-Connect dialogues - a monthly top executive leadership series on developments within the aviation space in Africa and globally.

African airlines’ cargo demand soared 22.4% in January

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis.

The golden Hind

It is almost 50 years since the Mil Mi-24 assault helicopter entered service. Today, as David Oliver reports, the Hind is being used in both the Libyan civil war and by Algeria against jihadist militants.

Flexjet orders 20 Aerion supersonic jets

Aerion, the supersonic jet, maker has announced that the flight-service provider Flexjet has placed an order for 20 examples of the Aerion AS2 supersonic jet, reports Robb Report.

Air Austral operates EVASAN flights between Reunion Island and Paris

Air Austral has obtained technical and regulatory approvals to operate Medical Evacuation flights (EVASAN).

Aviation Africa 2021 SKNN
See us at
Aviation Africa 2021 BTNNDAS21_BTWDS BT1202090322Aviation MENA 2021