Embraer and Congo Airways have signed a firm order for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for a further two.
The deal has a total value of US$194.4 million at current list prices, with all purchase rights exercised.
Desire Bantu, chief executive of Congo Airways, said: “These new jets will replace our current turboprop offering and allow us to serve routes both within the Democratic Republic of Congo, and regionally to west, central, and southern Africa, from our hub in Kinshasa.
“We will now have the flexibility and the right sized aircraft to serve our market, which is growing so rapidly an additional order may be required, for which the E2 is a particularly compelling option.”
The aircraft will be configured in a dual class layout seating 76 passengers in total, with 12 in business class.
Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Raul Villaron, vice president sales, Africa and Middle East, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said: “It’s great to welcome another airline to the Embraer family of operators, especially in Africa where the demand for regional travel is growing strongly.
“We look forward to supporting Congo Airways as they continue to upgrade their offering to their customers.”
Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft up to 150 seats with more than 100 customers across the world.