An amendment to Republic Airways’ capacity purchase agreement with Delta Air Lines will allow it to add six dual-class Embraer E170s to the Delta Connection network, Republic announced in late April. The move follows a previously announced amendment in January that added eight Republic E170s to its Delta capacity purchase agreement.
Brazil’s Trip Linhas Aéreas took delivery of its first Embraer E190 last month during a ceremony held May 5 at the manufacturer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, in the state of São Paulo. The airline already flies nine 86-seat E175s and plans to collect nine 110-seat E190s by year-end.
In a deal that could be worth up to $207 million, Comlux today at EBACE placed a firm order for three Embraer Legacy 650s, with options for four more. Importantly, this marks the first acquisition of Embraer business jets by Comlux, which currently operates only offerings from Airbus and Bombardier. The super-midsize Legacy 650s will be based at Comlux Kazakhstan, Fly Comlux’s charter outpost in the former Soviet republic.
Two of the new breed of big regional jets from the Eastern Hemisphere reached some long-awaited milestones recently, namely the Russian certification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the signing of the first firm order for the Mitsubishi MRJ by an airline based outside Japan.
Embraer will wait until as late as year-end for Boeing to decide on a plan for a 737 replacement before the Brazilian company commits to a successor for its own E-Jet series, according to Embraer executive vice president for the airline market Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva. Still, Embraer already knows what it will not do–namely, follow Bombardier into a size and range category that, in Silva’s estimation, the Airbus A320neo also occupies.
Prague-based business aviation group ABS Jets (Stand 775) debuted its new Embraer Legacy 650 aircraft to the Czech and Slovak markets during two open days at Prague’s Ruzyne Airport and MR Stefanik Airport, Bratislava, just before this week’s EBACE show. The two days gave ABS’s clients the opportunity to have a look at an almost complete fleet of Embraer’s executive jets in one place.
Embraer has resigned itself to a slower rate recovery for the business aviation market, further downgrading its anticipated delivery rates for 2011 compared with those envisaged by the forecast it issued last year. In March, the Brazilian airframer revised its output projections, indicating that total bizjet deliveries for the whole industry could dip this year by as many as 50 units less than the 2010 total of 763.
Against a background of broadly optimistic forecasts for a slowly recovering global business aviation sector, prospects for the industry in Europe include a lower share of new aircraft deliveries, increasing numbers of international flights and ambitions to upgrade to larger, longer-range equipment, say manufacturers.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways signaled an interest in acquiring Airbus A320neos last week, when the airline’s vice president and corporate controller, Joe Allman, said the airline spent $8 million during this year’s first quarter on a so-called placeholder deposit for the re-engined A320-family jets.
A supply-chain interruption involving Japanese engine parts supplier IHI will force Embraer to delay delivery of at least six E190s to Indianapolis-based Republic Airways. The six E190s on firm order, scheduled for delivery in the third and fourth quarters of 2011, will arrive some two months late, Republic CEO Bryan Bedford said during a Tuesday conference call.