Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner hosted Embraer executive vice president Mauro Kern yesterday at the Argentine Presidential Palace during a ceremony marking the planned sale of 20 Embraer 190ARs to Buenos Aires-based Austral Airlines.
Brazil’s Embraer and Boca Raton, Florida-based Volvo Aero Services have entered a four-year partnership that makes Volvo Aero an official distribution center for Embaer aircraft parts. Included in the initial agreement are about 4,000 part numbers for the EMB 110 Bandeirante, EMB 120 Brasilia and ERJ 145 jet family.
New fractional ownership provider Jet Republic is putting a decidedly European imprint on the interiors and entire cabin layouts of its 110 new Learjet 60XRs, with the blessing of manufacturer Bombardier.
Drawing on the creative expertise of respected aircraft interior designer Jose Luiz Monteiro, Jet Republic said the cabins of its Learjet 60XRs will be crafted by Europeans for Europeans.
Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Company (HEAI) has reached an agreement with HNA Group, owner of Hainan Airlines, to reduce the original firm order for 50 ERJ 145s to Hainan subsidiary Grand China Express from 50 to 25 airplanes. As of April 30, HEAI had delivered a total of 12 ERJ 145 jets to Grand China under the terms of the original contact, signed in August 2006.
Embraer delivered a record 204 airplanes last year, including 162 jets in the regional/commercial sector, leaving the company on what it hopes proves firm enough financial footing to readily absorb the economic “challenges” that lie ahead for this year.
The crash of a Régional Fokker 100 shortly after takeoff from Pau, southwest France, in January 2007 was caused by undetected ground ice and excessive rotation on liftoff, according to the French air accident investigation board. The accident killed one driver on the road the aircraft traversed.
Spain’s Air Europa will take delivery of six more Embraer E195s under the terms of a firm order signed between the airline’s parent company, Globalia, and the Brazilian manufacturer. Valued at $237 million based on list prices, the transaction appeared in Embraer’s third-quarter order backlog as “undisclosed,” and follows an earlier order for
Embraer released its first market outlook dedicated to the Chinese market at Airshow China 2008 in the People’s Republic of China. In it,
Air France subsidiary Régional last month took delivery and placed into service the first of nine 76-seat Embraer E170s on firm order. Also flying six Embraer E190s, 28 ERJ 145s, nine ERJ 135s and five Brasilia turboprops, the French airline stands as Europe’s largest Embraer operator. It also flies nine Fokker 100s and five Fokker 70s and serves 20 domestic and 26 intra-European destinations.
When Bombardier and Embraer ended mass production of their respective 50-seat jets by 2006, it appeared that the regional airline industry’s love affair with the little RJs had run its course. With most major airline scope clauses relaxed to allow 70- and even 76-seat jets in their regional partners’ fleets, demand for the less cost-effective 50-seaters had essentially evaporated.