As part of its fleet modernization program, Mauritania Airlines is adding two E175s to replace some of its older narrow-body jets and complement its younger aircraft. The Nouakchott-based carrier signed a contract with Embraer for the new E-Jets at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow today.
Each E175 will be configured with 76 seats in dual class. Deliveries start next year.
The airline currently operates one 48-seat Embraer ERJ145 between the domestic cities of Nouakchott, Nouadhibou and Zouérat. This is the first time the carrier will fly an E-Jet.
According to Radhy Bennahi, CEO of Mauritania Airlines, the E175s will “be able to offer even better service to our customers, with greater comfort, adding more frequencies and new destinations.” In a 2017 interview with African Aerospace, Mr. Bennahi emphasized the importance of fleet optimization and how it will help the airline by delivering greater efficiency.
The new Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport opened in June 2016 and can handle two million passengers per year.