Republic Airways signed a firm order last month for six Embraer E190s, all of which it plans to deploy with its Denver-based Frontier Airlines subsidiary between August and December of next year. The companies also concluded negotiations on a conditional order for another 18 E190s and/or E195s. Embraer expects the conditional order to become firm by April 15 next year.
On November 19, Embraer delivered the first Legacy 650. It went to Amsair Aircraft, which is owned by Lord Alan Sugar, and will be based at London Stansted Airport. The bizliner will be operated by Titan Airways Executive, an air charter firm at Stansted.
As airline traffic continues to recover from the global recession, airframe and engine manufacturers continue to develop new models and consider follow-on products. Several companies provided updates at the European Regions Airline Association assembly in Barcelona in late September.
Embraer has been awarded certification of its large-cabin Legacy 650 by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and EASA, the company announced at the NBAA convention's static display yesterday.
The $25.9 million Legacy 650, an upgrade of the Legacy 600, was announced at last year's NBAA show in Orlando, Fla., where the company vowed to have the aircraft certified in a year.
In five years, Embraer has increased its share of total business jet deliveries from 2.2 percent of the total to 14 percent, thanks to the growing number of models offered by the Brazilian manufacturer. Looking at the typical market niches for business jets, there remains only one it hasn’t filled: ultra-long-range jets.
Although deliveries of smaller regional jets have dropped dramatically in the past few years, Forecast International expects growing numbers of jets to be delivered from 2010 through 2019. In its recent study, “The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft,” Newtown, Conn.-based Forecast International projects production of 4,016 regional turboprops and jets valued at $123 billion during the coming decade.
Republic Airways plans to continue operating three Bombardier Q400 turboprops from Denver this winter, reversing earlier plans to dismantle the fleet completely. As a result, Republic intends to continue to connect Denver with Aspen until at least April. Republic in February announced plans to replace all 11 Bombardier Q400s flown by its Lynx Airlines subsidiary with Embraer E170s and E190s.
Korean Air Lines is considering expanding its service on existing routes to China and Japan with 70- to 120-seat regional jets in two years. “We may inject the planes into routes operated by our budget carrier unit Jin Air as well,” said KAL chairman Cho Yang-Ho. KAL does not currently operate any regional jets; its smallest aircraft are 737-800s operated by its low-cost Jin Air division.
The size of the 30- to 120-seat airliner fleet will grow by 81 percent over the next 20 years, from 4,285 airplanes last year to 7,780 in 2029, by which time 21 percent of the current fleet (905 aircraft) will remain in operation, according to the latest 20-year market forecast issued by Embraer. Consequently, the world's airlines will generate demand for 6,875 jets worth $200 billion in the segment, according to the Brazilian manufacturer.
An Embraer E190 operated by China's Henan Airlines overshot the runway at Yichun City's Lindu Airport in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, killing 43 of the airplane's 96 occupants, according to Chinese state-run media. The crash happened at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday after an otherwise uneventful 45-minute flight from Heilongjiang's capital, Harbin, Xinhua news agency reported.