Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of the HNA Group, is adding to its existing fleet of 50 E-Jets. The parent company announced the acquisition of an additional 20 current generation E-Jets, the first of which will be delivered in 2015, and 20 next generation E2s. The airline will start receiving its E2s in 2018. Tianjin Airlines is the first Chinese carrier to operate the E2. The agreement was concluded during a state visit to Brazil by Xi Jingping, the President of China.
Tianjin Airlines was the launch customer for the E190 in China and flies the largest fleet of E-Jets of any carrier in Asia. The airline is ranked eighth in terms of fleet size and eleventh in terms of market share in China’s civil aviation industry. In 2013, it connected 93 cities via 139 domestic and international routes and carried 8.05 million passengers.
Because of the high degree of commonality between E-Jet generations, an airline is able to operate both aircraft types in its fleet or transition from one generation to the next with minimal differences training.