Embraer E-Jets are once again helping airlines reintroduce flights after many of them shut down or suspended operations during the height of the pandemic in their regions. Carriers are using their E-Jet fleets to rebuild their networks because they offer the ideal combination of seat capacity and frequency to match the lower traffic volumes.
Here are examples of how some of our customers in China are using their E-Jets to restore air travel.
All of the airline’s 6 E190s are in service. Each airplane flies over 7 hours per day and completes 8 flights on a network of between 30 and 40 cities. Load factors are in excess of 70%. The E190s are particularly effective on both regional routes (Shijiazhuang – Zhangjiakou) and on longer-haul markets (Shijiazhuang – Nanjing – Fuzhou).
Beibu Gulf Airlines (GX Airlines)
Because the carrier is still not permitted to serve all its regional/international cities, just over half of its 17 E190s are back in service. The airline introduced live-streaming ticket sales to encourage passengers to travel. Despite the soft demand, load factors are averaging around 65%. GX transported medical teams to Wuhan and flew staff repatriation charters for corporations. Three E190s are now based in Yulin, Shaanxi Province, with new nonstops to/from Xiamen, Changsha, Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Qingdao and Tianjin which are all main domestic destinations.
Colorful Guizhou Airlines
The airline’s 9 E190s have been flying since March. Load factors are between 60%-70% and daily utilization is between 6-7 hours per aircraft. All scheduled flights and routes have been restored to their pre-pandemic levels. The carrier also flew special charter flights for medical teams and business personnel who were returning to their places of work. This month, Colorful Guizhou is opening 9 new routes, including service to Chengdu and Chongqing, for a total of 32 network destinations.