Key Points:

  • Luxair places orders for up to nine Embraer E195-E2 twinjets as part of its ongoing fleet modernization.

  • While four aircraft are confirmed purchases, Luxair has secured two options and three purchase rights.

  • The airline anticipates receiving the initial delivery from this order towards the end of 2025.

Luxair gears up for fleet modernization

Luxair's Embraer Deal Marks Luxair's Return to Operating Embraer Jets

LUXEMBOURG — Amid its ongoing initiative to revamp its fleet, Luxair has commissioned up to nine Embraer E195-E2 twinjets. Embraer made this announcement at the European Regions Airline Association General Assembly in Innsbruck on October 11. The specifics of the deal include four confirmed aircraft orders, accompanied by two optional acquisitions and three purchase rights. The Luxembourg-based airline forecasts that the inaugural aircraft from this agreement will join its fleet in the last quarter of 2025.

Diversifying the Fleet for Niche Markets

Over the past year, Luxair has intensified its fleet modernization, incorporating its first Boeing 737 Max 8s and expressing interest in the Max 7 variant at the Paris air show. Beyond these additions, Luxair's existing fleet comprises 737-700s, 737-800s, and De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft. Gilles Feith, Luxair’s CEO, believes that the E2 will augment the airline's capabilities, enabling it to cater to "niche" markets. These are routes that aren't feasible for its Dash 8s due to distance and not sufficiently crowded for its Boeing narrowbody jets. Feith cited destinations like Helsinki and other major cities as examples.

Return to Embraer and Potential Future Additions

Historically, Luxair had ERJs in its fleet, signifying that this new order symbolizes the carrier's return to utilizing Embraer aircraft. Furthermore, as per Feith, Luxair is also considering the addition of aircraft larger than its present biggest jet, the Max 8, indicating potential fleet expansion in the future.