Congo Airways’ decision to swap orders for Embraer 175s to larger E190-E2s party reflects an effort by the company to expand on routes previously served by financially struggling competitor South African Airways (SAA).
“This will be an opportunity for us… We wanted to increase the capacity,” says Kinshasa-based Congo’s chief executive Desire Balazire Bantu.
In December 2019, Congo ordered two 76-seat Embraer E175s and took options to acquire an additional two examples. Deliveries were to begin this December.
But the government-funded carrier has now swapped those orders and…