China Eastern To Take Next Harbin-Embraer Jets

 - January 31, 2007, 7:40 AM

Embraer commercial vice president Fred Curado told AIN last month that he expected an order from China Eastern Airlines for 10 Harbin-Embraer ERJ 145s “sooner rather than later.” The contract would come as a blow to Bombardier, which has already delivered eight CRJ200s to China Eastern, one of which crashed into a frozen lake outside Baotou, Mongolia, on November 23, killing 53. The Chinese civil aviation authority grounded all CRJs in China after the incident. It has since lifted the ban after conducting thorough maintenance and safety checks of the entire CRJ200 fleet.