J-Air, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, received its 18th E-Jet at a delivery ceremony at Embraer’s São José dos Campos factory on April 19. This newest aircraft, an E190, is the carrier’s first and joins J-Air’s existing fleet of 17 E170s. More E190s deliveries are planned in the coming months as the airline fulfills a 2014 order for larger-capacity E-Jets.
The E190 is the first J-Air aircraft to feature JAL’s new Sky Next cabin. in 2014, JAL launched an initiative to upgrade aircraft interiors across the fleet. Enhancements include new premium cabin seats, genuine leather upholstery and power ports. J-Air’s E190 has 15 Business Class seats and 80 Economy Class seats.
Mr. Tetsuya Onuki, President of J-Air and Mr. Yasunari Omori, VP of Procurement for Japan Airlines, led delegations from the two companies. At the delivery ceremony, traditional Japanese Taiko drummers presented the E190 to the audience as the aircraft entered hangar F300.
The E190 entered scheduled airline service in August 2005. Nearly one-third of today’s E-Jet operators have added the E190 to their fleets.