Monday, March 23, 2015

Fuji Dream's ninth Embraer E-Jet is Gold.

Fuji Dream Airlines [JH/FDA] took delivery of Embraer ERJ170-200/STD (E175) JA09FJ, their ninth aircraft, on March 19th. Painted and named Gold, it is Japan's first E-Jet featuring the Brazilian manufacturer's Fuel Burn Improvement Package 2, which boasts new wingtips and several other minor aerodynamic changes such as wheel caps and auxiliary power unit (APU) air inlet improvements, resulting in a 5.5% reduction in fuel burn. Other changes include new LED navigation lights.

Embraer ERJ170-200/STD (E175) JA09FJ Gold arrives at Komaki on delivery. (Photo: FDA)

The 84-seat aircraft departed São José dos Campos [SJK/SBSJ] on that day and arrived four days later today on March 23rd at their Nagoya/Komaki [NKM/RJNA] hub, flying a similar route as previous deliveries (Fuji Dream Airlines receives eighth E-Jet 'Tea Green'.) and making stops at Natal [NAT/SBNT], Espargos [SID/GVAC], Almeria [LEI/LEAM], Larnaca [LCA/LCLK], Dubai/Al Maktoum [DWC/OMDW], Kolkata/Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose [CCU/VECC], and Ho Chi Minh/Tan Son Nhat [SGN/VVTS].

It will enter service on March 25th on Komaki – Aomori [AOJ/RJSA] (flights JH361/362), Komaki – Kumamoto [KMJ/RJFT] (flights JH325/326), and Komaki – Hanamaki [HNA/RJSI] (flights JH357/358), while it will make its first appearance at the airline's Shizuoka [FSZ/RJNS] home base and Matsumoto [MMJ/RJAF] focus city on April 3rd.

Fuji Dream staff at Komaki welcome Gold. (Photo: FDA)

The addition of their ninth aircraft allows the niche regional carrier based at Nagoya's older but more convenient airport near downtown to launch daily Komaki – Izumo [IZO/RJOC] and twice-daily Komaki – Kitakyushu [KKJ/RJFR] services on March 29th, the beginning of the Summer 2015 timetable (Fuji Dream confirms Izumo and Kitakyushu.). Fuji Dream will take delivery of their 10th E-Jet in March 2016, however, it is considering basing the aircraft at Nagoya/Chubu Centrair [NGO/RJGG], the bigger but farther airport, due to the lack of parking space at Komaki.

Source: Fuji Dream Airlines, March 23rd. (in Japanese)

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