FORT WORTHAzorra Aviation Holdings has entered into long-term lease agreements covering six Embraer E170 jets to be operated by American Airlines’ wholly-owned subsidiary Envoy Airlines.

Azorra will purchase the aircraft from BA CityFlyer (a wholly-owned regional subsidiary of British Airways) after they transition through maintenance and modification at the Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services facility in Macon, GA. The passenger cabins will be reconfigured to 65 seats including refurbishments and rebranding to operate for Envoy. The E170 shares a considerable commonality with Envoy’s existing E175 fleet, but with greater capacity and efficiency versus smaller 40-50 seat jets.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to engineer such a unique transition of aircraft between two of the world’s most distinguished global air carriers, facilitating a repositioning of these aircraft to replace less efficient smaller jets within American’s regional networks. This is yet another example of how Azorra continues to bring innovative fleet rationalization, transition, and financing solutions for our customers,” said John Evans, Azorra’s CEO.

This transaction follows a recent trade where Azorra aggregated fourteen Embraer E190s formerly with Copa Airlines (Panama), transitioning them to Alliance Airlines (Australia) a newly established operator of the type.