Virgin Nigeria took delivery of its first Embraer E190 in late September during a ceremony held at Embraer’s manufacturing plant in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The Lagos-based airline announced during last November’s Dubai Air Show that it had placed firm orders for three E190ARs and seven E170ARs, along with options on six more E190s and purchase rights for another eight E-Jets.
The E190 launches Virgin Nigeria’s plans to develop its growing domestic and regional network with capacity tailored to existing routes. The airline also plans to use the airplane to develop international markets from its Lagos hub.
The airline operates in Nigeria, West and Central Africa, South Africa and the UK. It maintains interline agreements with various international carriers.