China Aviation Industry, the country’s largest state-owned air-plane manufacturer, said at the Paris Air Show last month it plans to design and build a 70- to 90-seat regional jet that will be 10 percent cheaper to buy and to operate than competitive aircraft from Bombardier and Embraer. Officials in Paris declined to give the price of the ARJ21, or when it would enter the market.
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Three-year-old JetBlue Airlines has become the launch customer for the new Embraer 190, signing a firm order for 100 of the twinjets, with options for 100 more. Slated to start taking deliveries of the airplanes in the third quarter of 2005, the carrier will outfit each aircraft with 100 two-by-two leather seats at 32-inch pitch and its signature DirecTV satellite television at every seat.
Rolls-Royce, which has laid off nearly 4,000 aircraft engine workers in the UK over the last two years, revealed that another 540 positions are being cut through resignations and layoffs at the company’s Indianapolis facility. A company spokesman said commercial engine orders have dropped 40 percent in the past two years. The Indianapolis facility makes engines for helicopters, corporate aircraft and regional jets.
A near midair collision on Monday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport that involved an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet and a Part 91-operated Bombardier Learjet 60 is under investigation by the NTSB. At 12:47 p.m. local time, the regional jet was departing Runway 32L and the Learjet–N252RP, owned and operated by Electrolux Home Products–was landing on Runway 9R.
Embraer came to Farnborough with more sales for its fast-growing business aviation division, with its backlog having increased from $4.5 billion to $6 billion in the few weeks since the sector met in Geneva for the EBACE show.
Chinese regional carrier Kun Peng Airlines has placed an order for five Embraer 190s in a deal that further sets the foothold the Brazilian manufacturer has gained in mainland China.
While other major manufacturers are struggling to find the right production organization or have spent years changing their minds about what product to launch next, Embraer has been quietly reaping the fruits of a sound management strategy, according to independent financial analysts.
Embraer is here at Farnborough exhibiting a Legacy 600 demonstrator and mock-ups of its new Phenom 300 and Lineage 1000 business jets. While the 10- to
16-seat Legacy 600 is currently its only executive jet in service, the Brazilian manufacturer is preparing to have a family of six business aircraft by 2013. Income from this market is projected to increase from the current 16 percent of the group’s revenues to 25 percent in 2010.
Certification setbacks have postponed Embraer’s plans to deliver the first Legacy business jet to launch customer Swift Aviation. The Phoenix-based charter company now hopes to take delivery of its first airplane by mid-December, immediately after Embraer gains its expected FAA approvals. The Brazilian manufacturer also plans to deliver a Legacy to an anonymous domestic customer around the same time.
Since mid-September, a French operator has been flying the first Embraer ERJ-135 dedicated to charter in Europe. The Chambéry-based firm feels it has filled a gap in charter capacity. The twinjet, registered F-GYPE, is operated by Hex’Air, a small airline whose sister company, executive charter operator Pan Européenne Air Service, markets it alongside its own business aircraft.