Malaysia’s SKS Airways to acquire 10 Embraer E195-E2 jets

Officials of SKS Airways and Embraer at signing ceremony for new aircraft.
Photo Credit: Embraer

Malaysian regional airline SKS Airways has chosen the Embraer E195-E2 to drive its growth plans for the region.

A deal for 10 E195-E2s was announced at a signing ceremony at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’23). 

E-Jets central to expansion plan

The E195-E2s will form the core of SKS Airways’ expansion plans and are to be based at Kuala Lumpur’s city airport, Subang, from 2024.

The E195-E2 jet has a range of 2,600nm, the equivalent of about seven hours of flight. The carrier’s new aircraft will be comfortably configured with 136 seats.

SKS Airways will be the first E195-E2 operator in the Southeast Asian region, growing Embraer’s E-Jets presence in the broader Asia Pacific region which currently stands close to 200.

Subang flight operations

The basing of the new aircraft at Subang also further supports the Malaysia government’s plans to establish Subang Airport as a premium city airport and aviation hub. 

In February 2023, the Malaysian government announced the Subang Airport Regeneration Plan (SARP). This is a transformational plan for Subang Airport to be developed into a premium city airport and regional aviation hub.  

Dato’ Rohman Ahmad, Director of SKS Airways, said, “This is a significant day for the future of aviation in Malaysia. We are delighted to announce the successful signing of these agreements with leading industry players like Embraer and Azorra who share our vision for the future of air travel.”

“The prevalence of the E-Jets at city airports around the world and the low noise emissions of the E195-E2 makes the aircraft a perfect fit for flights in and out of Subang Airport.”  

An Embraer E195 aircraft flying at high altitude.
Photo Credit: Embraer

E-Jets – a city airport specialist

The Embraer E-Jet is eminently suited to regional operations out of city airports, such as the one proposed by SKS Airways.

Airlines have deployed the E-Jets on routes to and from city airports around the world such as London City Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont Airport.

The E-Jets represent 86% of total flights operating in London City Airport. Airlines operating E-Jets into and out of London City Airport include British Airways, Helvetic Airways (operating for SWISS) and KLM.

Martyn Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “The E2 is the aircraft family of choice for airlines around the world seeking to develop their regional routes.”

“As the most modern and efficient single-aisle aircraft, the E195-E2 will deliver a step change for our first Malaysian operator, SKS Airways, as it grows regional connectivity within Malaysia and beyond.”

Above: E195-E2 at London City Airport. Photo Credit: Embraer

About the E195-E2 

The E190-E2 and the E195-E2 was designed using the 20 million hours of experience the first generation of E-Jets accrued, ensuring that the E2 aircraft are modern and advanced, yet retain the maturity and reliability of the previous generation aircraft.

The first-generation E-Jets is one of the most successful commercial jets in the industry and continue to operate across the globe with more than 80 airlines across 50 countries and more than 1,700 units delivered.

The E-Jets E2 family which includes the E195-E2 have the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle jet category – with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical E-Jet operations.

This enables the aircraft to be operated with minimal downtime. In addition, the technology in the aircraft allows for predictive maintenance tools that generate data for airlines to anticipate their maintenance needs.  

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