Embraer yesterday said it has signed a “preliminary commercial agreement” with a Brazilian airline for dozens of airliners in a deal potentially worth $1.46 billion. The regional jet manufacturer also said it converted $285 million worth of previously disclosed airliner options into firm commitments.
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Could Embraer have become the first voice in aviation to commit to the notion that passengers aren’t necessarily all enthralled with the “no frills” concept of air travel and that they may be prepared to pay a little bit extra to feel less like self-loading cargo?
Embraer and CAE are working toward establishing a joint venture to train Embraer 170/190 and Lineage 1000 pilots in the Americas. Embraer 170/190 pilot training is offered at CAE’s training center in Montreal. The agreement will come on top of that announced in October last year for Phenom 100 and 300 pilot and ground personnel training.
Embraer is here at Le Bourget exhibiting a 170/175 regional airliner, its super-midsize Legacy 600 executive jet and scale models of its new four-seat Phenom 100 very light jet and nine-passenger Phenom 300 light jet. Production rates and deliveries of its regional jets and Legacy (the 100th twinjet was delivered in March) are picking up following difficulties with suppliers, and activity continues in China.
Tame Línea Aérea del Ecuador has converted two options on Embraer 190 regional jets into firm orders, Embraer announced here at the Paris Air Show. This will bring to five the number of Embraer 170/190 family aircraft in operation with the state-owned Ecuadorian airline.
Embraer’s May 2005 announcement that the company was launching two new business aircraft–the Phenom 100 very light jet and the Phenom 300 light jet–certainly raised some eyebrows. The company garnered even more attention a year later when it revealed its plans to build the Lineage 1000, a business-jet version of its E190 airliner.
At the Embraer booth (No. 7510) yesterday, fractional operator Executive AirShare announced an order for seven Phenom 100 very light jets (VLJs) for delivery in the summer of 2010, with options for seven more. Embraer also revealed that Premier Aviation signed a contract at EBACE for four Phenom 100s that were already included in the Phenom backlog.
Brazilian airframer Embraer has selected Menlo’s Singapore Logistics Centre as regional hub for service parts warehousing and fulfillment in Asia. The company will operate a regional logistics hub providing dedicated service parts warehousing and distribution to support the expansion of Embraer’s line of regional and business jets in the Asia-Pacific market.
The board of Deutsche Lufthansa, Europe’s second-largest airline, has approved a $1.5 billion expenditure for 30 Embraer E190s and 15 Bombardier CRJ900s.
Brazil’s Embraer delivered its first batch of newly certified Embraer 170s to three customers last month, just as the company prepared to score a major U.S. sale for the 70- to 78-seat twinjet. Indianapolis-based Republic Airlines–the sister company of Embraer devotee Chautauqua Airlines–will become the second U.S.