Embraer has received a $1.3 billion contract to design and deliver a new military transport, called the KC-390. The Brazilian air force set the requirements and expects the aircraft to enter service in 2015, with the delivery of two prototypes.
Embraer continues to consider its product strategy. The Brazilian airframer’s market intelligence vice president Luiz Sergio Chiessi told AIN that any design for 100-plus passengers “almost certainly” would require a new, wider cross section than its current E170/ E190 large regional jets: “Up to 150 passengers in four-abreast [layout] is probably not workable,” he said.
The firm order placed by Deutsche Lufthansa late this past winter for 30 Bombardier CS100 airliners not only gave the much-maligned C Series its first confirmed customer, it granted the executives at Bombardier Commercial Airplanes (Chalets A365, A366) some measure of vindication after eight months of persistent questions about whether the program would ever yield a prototype.
Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 on May 8 to His Excellency Aamer Abdul Jalil Al Fahim of Abu Dhabi. The airplane, which will be managed on behalf of His Excellency by Prestige Jet, also of Abu Dhabi, made its first public appearance at EBACE in Geneva a few days after delivery. Embraer’s order book for the $42.9 million, executive version of its E190 airliner now totals more than 20 aircraft.
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.
Embraer’s 100-seat E190 in late March formally began its campaign to gain certification for flights into and out of London City Airport (LCY). The certification, expected by Embraer near the end of this year, would not immediately apply to the Lineage 1000–the executive transport that uses the E190’s airframe. However, Embraer plans to pursue Lineage certification for LCY once it finishes the process for the E190.
Embraer delivered 32 commercial airplanes during the first quarter this year, the company announced today. Compared with the first quarter of 2008, when the company delivered 35 E Jets and three ERJ 145s, production rates declined 16 percent. Plans call for production rates to drop more precipitously through the rest of the year, resulting in a near 30-percent decline in airliner deliveries by year-end, from 162 to 115.
Bombardier finally received its long-awaited first order from Deutsche Lufthansa for its C Series airliners, the Canadian manufacturer announced last month. The contract includes a “firm purchase agreement” for 30 of the smaller, CS100 (formerly C110) version of the 110- to 145-seat pair of jets, valued at $1.53 billion.
Bombardier finally received its long-awaited launch order from Deutsche Lufthansa for its C Series airliners, the Canadian manufacturer announced today. The contract involves a $1.53 billion “firm purchase agreement” for 30 of the smaller, CS100 (formerly C110) version of the 110- to 145-seat pair of jets.
According to John Martin, v-p and general manager of the DeCrane Aerospace Pats Aircraft Completion division, the Georgetown, Del.-based center has chosen to change its interior completion strategy and is no longer soliciting Boeing Business Jet interior completion work.