Brazilian carrier Azul has received certification for what it says is the ‘world’s first’ Embraer 195 to be adapted for dedicated cargo flights.
Azul has converted one of its E195 into a freighter to support its cargo division, and has deployed the aircraft with Azul Cargo Express unit. The first aircraft began commercial services on Saturday, September 26.
“We are excited to continue diversifying our business model with the adaptation of these four Embraer aircraft. The size, range, and performance of the E195, gives it the perfect combination of payload capacity, volume capacity and low trip-cost economics allowing fast and efficient logistics access all around Brazil,” said John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul.
Another three aircraft are expected to be adapted by the end of 2020, delivering a unique and focused solution to the company’s e-commerce customers. The four E-jets will join Azul’s two dedicated Boeing 737-400 freighters, making a total of six aircraft dedicated for its Express Cargo business unit.
“We are seeing record demand for the services provided by Azul Cargo Express and are pleased to innovate to further meet the needs of our customers. With the combination of our dedicated aircraft, belly capacity on the largest domestic network in Brazil, and our extensive ground partnerships, we are ready to meet the growing need of all our logistics and especially all our e-commerce customers. Our logistics solutions have the potential to transform e-commerce in Brazil,” added Rodgerson.
Two of the four aircrafts have already been dedicated to an e-commerce provider for a period of at least six months.