Thursday, August 27, 2015
FLEET UPDATE: Austral reportedly to add 2 more ERJ-190's by end of 2015
Austral ERJ-190, LV-FPS (c/n 639), in special Skyteam colors was the 21st ERJ-190 to be delivered to the airline on 26Sep13. (Phil Perry Photo)
Austral Lineas Aereas will reportedly take delivery of two Republic Airways' ERJ-190's as they come off lease with the US regional carrier in the coming months. Republic is looking to dispose of the six ERJ-190's in its fleet and standardize on the ERJ-170 of which it currently has 112 in service.
The two specific airframes that Austral will likely receive are N164HQ (c/n 275) and N165HQ (c/n 291). The Argentine airline already has 22 owned ERJ-190's, 20 from an initial order placed in the late 2000's which were delivered in 2010/11, plus 2 more delivered in 2013. The two soon-to-be ex Republic aircraft will be leased. Austral is also expected to add what would be their 25th and 26th ERJ-190's in 2016.