Further to earlier reports on Estonian Air switching from Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to Embraer 170s and 190s, further details have become available.
The airline will lease four Embraer 170 aircraft from Finnair this month and is in talks with Embraer and aircraft leasing companies for eight more aircraft Estonian Air said in an e-mailed statement on February 3rd, 2012.
Estonian Air was to receive 30 million euros over the next two years to purchase five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft from Bombardier to assist in modernizing the airline’s fleet as other types of aircraft were removed from the fleet. Instead, Estonian Air will lease 12 airplanes from Embraer.
The first four Embraer 170 aircraft, acquired under a lease agreement with Finnair, are due to arrive this month, but the balance of the airline’s order could take as much as four years to be delivered. The delivery schedule and other terms for the remaining eight aircraft are currently under negotiation. Possible types being given consideration are Embraer 175s and 190s.