Azul S.A. the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served and flight departures, announces today it expects to sublease 53 of its Embraer E195 aircraft (“E195”), to LOT, Poland’s flag carrier, and Breeze Aviation Group, a U.S based start-up airline. The announcement follows Azul’s strategy to accelerate the replacement of its entire domestic fleet of E195 jets with larger, next-generation E2 aircraft that are more fuel efficient due to new engine technology.
“For the past 11 years, the E195 has been the foundation of Azul’s business model and will continue to deliver a great experience to LOT and Breeze customers. Now that we have built the broadest network in Brazil we are ready to add larger, more fuel-efficient E2 aircraft to our fleet. Fuel in Brazil is about 35% more expensive than other parts of the world so it particularly beneficial to Azul to move to next-generation aircraft as quickly as possible,” says John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul.