São José dos Campos, April 18, 2011 – Embraer is pleased to welcome the debut of privately owned Austrian airline, People’s Viennaline, to its E-Jets portfolio of customers. The airline has commenced operations with one EMBRAER 170 from St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (ACH), Switzerland, to Vienna International Airport (VIE), Austria. The aircraft, originally delivered to and operated by Finnair, doesn’t change Embraer’s current order backlog.
“People’s Viennaline’s decision to start operations with the EMBRAER 170 jet makes us very proud. It is our 18th customer in Europe and the second Austrian airline to select our E-Jets,” said Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “While passengers will enjoy the aircraft’s exceptional comfort, the airline will benefit from the EMBRAER 170’s outstanding economics and performance.”
A subsidiary of the People’s Business Airport St. Gallen-Altenrhein, People’s Viennaline is offering a three-times-daily service on weekdays plus one round-trip each day at the weekend on this initial route. Configured with 76 seats in a single class layout, the EMBRAER 170 jet replaces a turboprop previously operated on this route.
“With the setting up of this new airline, we are progressing with our commitment to this airport – to provide passengers with their dedicated airline, with a strong emphasis on customer service from booking to landing,” said Markus Kopf, CEO of People’s Business Airport St. Gallen-Altenrhein and founder of People’s Viennaline. “The EMBRAER 170 is a state-of-the-art aircraft ideally suited for this route, combining excellent economics with a high level of comfort. It contributes to the image of a smart and dynamic airline.”
People’s Viennaline also signed a service contract for Embraer’s Pool Flight Hour Program to cover the EMBRAER 170. The program gives People’s Viennaline quick access to spare parts from Embraer’s distribution and service centres, eliminating the need for the airline to invest in a large inventory of replacement items. The maintenance of the aircraft will be supported by Niki, the second Embraer E-Jets customer in Austria.
About People’s Viennaline
People’s Viennaline is an Austrian start-up founded by People’s Business Airport to operate Altenrhein-Vienna since the end of March 2011. Owned by St.Gallen-Altenrhein Airport’s recently established subsidiary Altenrhein Luftfahrt GmbH, People’s Vienna Line is headquartered in Dornbirn. Further information is available on www.peoples.ch.