MALABO, Equatorial Guinea – Punto Azul (IATA Code ZR) today took delivery of the first of its three Embraer Jets at Malabo airport in Equatorial Guinea. Flown in from Lanseria Airport in South Africa, the 50 Seater Regional Jet was received by the airline staff led by Punto Azul General Manager, Mr. Rene Janata among other dignitaries and airports management officials.
“We are finally realizing our aspirations of offering our esteemed guests unrivalled service with the delivery of this aircraft.” said a clearly delighted Mr. Janata. “Over the next few days we will announce the introduction of our services with domestic flights to key domestic destinations like Bata and Mongomeyen. From the start we will remain firmly rooted in our founding principles of safe, reliable and regular operations”.
The ERJ145 comes fully painted in a unique and noticeable Punto Azul livery, which is part of the ongoing rebranding process the airline is carrying out since announcing a revamp of its operations a few months ago. The second and third aircraft are expected in Malabo in less than a month, time at which the airline will scale up operations to cover key regional destinations in the Central/West African region.
The three jets are leased from ECC Leasing Company Ltd, a subsidiary of Embraer and will initially be operated on behalf of Punto Azul by National Airways Corporation (NAC) of South Africa as the new airline works towards its own Aircraft Operators License (AOC). NAC is a South African operator that is BARS certified, ISO 9001:2008 accredited, and has also been successfully audited by the South African CAA, Shell, BHP Billiton, Hart Aviation Services, United Nations & UN World Food Program, among others.