CFIA Aero Leasing adds the first Embraer E190 to its portfolio
ACIA Aero Leasing, a provider of regional aircraft leasing and leasing management services, has acquired its first Embraer E190, which will join the ACIA fleet as the company assesses new investment opportunities under planned expansion into new markets.
The aircraft, configured with 12 business seats and 88 economy seats, will undergo a maintenance period before being offered to potential airline customers.
Sameer Adam, senior vice president of business at ACIA Aero Leasing, said the acquisition represents “an important step in advancing our fleet growth strategy. It is a starting point for engaging airlines interested in E190 / E195 aircraft specially designed to cross regional and main operations. It also opens up new opportunities to assess further portfolio enhancements, including the prospect of adding the next-generation E-Jet E2 family aircraft.
“As a lessor with a clientele established in regional markets, we have already seen the enormous impact of regional aircraft in facilitating the recovery of networks on all continents. We are confident that E-Jets will play a key role in the recovery, especially in the European and North American markets. The E-Jet offers the right blend of operational versatility and efficiency to meet the demands of certain major routes and is a good network development tool for airlines struggling to adapt to the post environment. -pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered fundamental changes that are reshaping air travel habits and the demand for airplanes. Among these implications are the early retirement of older and less efficient aircraft, a preference for smaller, more profitable aircraft to meet weaker demand, and the growing importance of national and regional air networks in restoring air service.
“We congratulate CFIA on adding the first E-Jet to its fleet,” said Martyn Holmes, CCO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “This is an important milestone, which builds on CFIA’s successful experience with its ERJ145 fleet, enhancing its portfolio with the highly demanded and global E-Jet family. CFIA’s first E190 represents just the start of its planned expansion into E-Jets to take advantage of new emerging opportunities in regional aviation.
“The introduction of the E190 is a stepping stone in the evolution of our portfolio, with the aim of integrating selected and diverse aircraft types that best capture the operating characteristics sought by airlines with needs are continually shaped by market conditions, ”said Mick Mooney, CEO of CFIA Aero Leasing.
Since the early 2000s, CFIA has expanded its fleet to more than 50 regional passenger and freight aircraft, both owned and operated, including the ATR42 / 72 family, Beechcraft 1900 and Embraer 145.
“We continue to leverage our team’s expertise and in-depth industry knowledge to provide the most responsive fleet and financing options that effectively meet the needs of our existing and potential customers,” said Mooney. “Our sales team is committed to building long-term relationships with airlines in all markets, constantly expanding our global customer base, which now consists of 16 operators in 20 countries around the world. “