LONDON – One of Australia’s well-known regional airlines Cobham Regional Services (Cobham) is expecting its second Embraer E190 from pioneering Dutch leasing company, TrueNoord.
The aircraft leasing specialist for regional jets has recently completed its transaction of its second Embraer E190 (MSN: 1900099) to Cobham.
The lease is expected to last 6 years according to the contract. The aircraft was welcomed to Cobham’s fleet back in May, and is already operating charter flights from its main operating base in Perth, Western Australia.
TrueNoord is extremely happy that it is able to secure its customer in Australia, as primarily regional airlines are lucrative in China. TrueNoord’s previous customer, Mandarin Airlines was extremely difficult due to the ongoing health restrictions in China.
Jack Bos, Technical Director of TrueNoord explains how its Dutch team were dealing with the challenging situation: “At the time it was not possible to send inspectors to Taiwan without them having to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.”
“We addressed this issue by hiring two experienced local consultants who sent daily reports including many detailed pictures. We had frequent contact with them throughout the transaction.”
He added further: “Our local consultants monitored the borescope inspection of the engines and APU on-site and videos of the inspections were also reviewed remotely by an experienced engine specialist.”
“We also employed the services of a local pilot to observe the demonstration flight.”
Tim Parga, Cobham’s Business Development Director, evaluated that Cobham is extremely happy to have secured its second ultra-capable regional Embraer E190 from Dutch firm TrueNooord.
The additional aircraft will support the airline’s operation in government contracts and aid the ever increase in demand for domestic in Western Australia. Parga added:
“The E190 is not only one of the most environmentally friendly jets in the world, it offers substantially better operational uplift performance, particularly in hot weather at regional ports such as in the Pilbara.”
“It is also able to fly further distances compared to similar size aircraft. This reduces the need for additional fuel uplift in regional and remote locations and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 15 per cent per trip.”
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Elaborating on what has been said, the Australian regional carrier is one of the most important players in assisting the government of Australia in providing crucial air services for the oil & gas and the mining industry and prodigy FIFO flights (Fly-in/Fly-out).
Cobham Regional Services also provides a variety of aviation services, including charter flights, leasing (ACMI) for scheduled flights to leading airlines operating within Western Australia.
The airline is earmarking its future on FIFO operations throughout the country as this business is lucrative. Cobham’s fleet of sturdy Embraer is also fit for the purpose: fuel-efficient, reliable, safe, flexible and produces low carbon emissions.
“The successful delivery of this aircraft was the result of the positive cooperation between all parties,” adds Bos.
“To complete the transition from the previous lessee, Mandarin Airlines in Taiwan, to the new lessee, Cobham Regional Services in Australia, remotely without our teams having ever actually met in person is quite an achievement and is a testament to the flexibility, pragmatism and professionalism of all involved.”
TrueNoord’s Sales Director for the Asia Pacific region Carst Lindeboom, concludes: “We are proud to be part of Cobham’s growth, as they continue to deliver vital services ensuring connectivity and safety across the country.”
“This is our second aircraft in Australia with Cobham, further cementing our footprint in this important region, as we steadily develop our presence in the Asia Pacific.”
In recent news, National Jet, the regional services arm of Cobham aviation, was acquired by regional carrier Rex Airlines.