Egypt’s CIAF Leasing has placed an order for three new E190 aircraft from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.

The deal is valued $161.4m according to list prices.

It will complement CIAF’s existing fleet of three E170 aircraft. Jasmin Airways has currently taken two E170s on lease while the other unit is with Air Cairo.

The Cairo-based aircraft leasing company is also scheduled to take delivery of two E195s later this month.

CIAF Leasing chairman and CEO Dr Hassan Mohamed said: “The three new E190s will be an excellent addition to our growing fleet of Embraer E-Jets.

“With a fleet of E170s, E190s, and E195s, CIAF will have the flexibility to offer to both our wet and dry lease customers a service that fits their needs exactly.”

The order will be added to Embraer’s fourth-quarter backlog with aircraft delivery expected to take place during the fourth quarter of next year.

The three aircraft will display CIAF’s new visual identity.

Embraer Commercial Aviation Africa and Middle East vice-president Sales Raul Villaron said: “CIAF is rapidly increasing its footprint in both wet and dry leasing with the addition of further aircraft to their fleet and the establishment of their own air operator certificate (AOC) in June this year.

“It’s a pleasure to work with an organisation that’s going from strength to strength by exploiting the benefits a family of aircraft can provide.”

In a separate development, Embraer also secured an order of three more E195-E2s from Nigerian airline Air Peace. The $212.6m order will make the airline the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa.