Multiple deadlines have passed since Embraer early last year said its Chinese joint venture would cease to exist if it couldn’t reach an agreement with its partners to build E-Jets in Harbin. Today, Harbin Embraer Aircraft remains open, but with enough work to last it until this quarter at the latest. In fact, its backlog consists of just one more ERJ 145, expected to go to Tianjin Airlines some time this spring.
Australia’s SkyAirWorld has agreed to help the government of East Timor to establish a new national carrier called Timor Air with an Embraer E190. The new airline plans to launch operations next month from the East Timorese capital Dili and fly direct to Darwin, Australia and Bali. Under the terms of the agreement, SkyAirWorld will provide management support and begin training cabin crew and other employees this month.
New Irish regional airline Jetmagic hopes to double its fleet by the end of this month by adding another pair of Embraer jets to its existing complement of two ERJ-145s leased from Swiss International Air Lines. Along with adding capacity, the airline’s plans for at least one 37-seat ERJ-135 will allow it to fly from its Cork base to London City Airport, where steep approach requirements disqualify the 50-seat ERJ-145.
The Canadian civil aviation authority on July 19 issued type certification for the Embraer 170 and 175, paving the way for first deliveries to Air Canada. Last year the Canadian flag carrier placed a firm order for fifteen 175s in a dual-class, 73-seat layout. The airline plans to start service with the Brazilian jets this month, followed by the first of 45 Embraer 190s in November.