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South Africa’s Airlink outlines early E190 deployment plans

Airlink South Africa has announced it will be using its incoming fleet of EMB-190s to serve Pietermaritzburg and Bulawayo.

Initial Flightradar24 ADS-B data showed commercial operations with the type began on 3 August with Airlink’s ZS-YAA aircrafts.

In a statement, the carrier said the Embraers would gradually assume more routes currently operated by its outgoing fleet of twelve ARJ-85s.

The privately owned airline, which has developed into South Africa’s first feeder network aimed at linking the smaller towns, regional centers and hubs throughout the country, previously announced the aircraft will also be used on the new Johannesburg O.R. Tambo-Windhoek International – St. Helena route, from 21 October onwards.

“The addition of the E-Jet will enable Airlink to operate within the challenging environment of the region while managing capacity and providing for further growth,” it said.

The South African domestic and regional specialist is renewing its fleet with eight EMB-190s and three EMB-170s. It is also adding a total of thirty ERJs – ERJ-135s, 140s, and 145s – to its fleet by year-end.


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