New York’s JetBlue added a sour note to Embraer’s generally upbeat 2006 marketing campaign when it acknowledged last month that it will decelerate deliveries of its Embraer E190s from 18 to 10 in each of the next four years. As a result, instead of 72 of the 98-seat jets, it will take only 40 through 2010, then take the other 32 from 2011 through 2014.
Embraer said it took the change into consideration in its delivery projections of 160 to 165 for this year and 195 to 205 for next year. Last year the company had to lower its production rate from 145 to 135 due to production problems involving E190 and E195 wing assemblies and supply chain delays.
Separately, Embraer added a pair of one-airplane orders last month, from Guadalupe’s Air Caraibes for an E190 and from Libya’s Sirte Oil for an E170. The deal with Air Caraibes calls for delivery of the 100-seat jet by the end of this year and includes an option for another E190. Sirte Oil expects delivery of its 76-seat airplane in March, when it begins flying employees from its base in Marsa El Brega to Tripoli and other Libyan stations.