Tough cost battles in the market segment where regional airlines and low-cost carriers converge are driving demand for Embraer’s E-Jet series, according to the Brazilian airframer.
Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne
While it has certainly felt the same pressures as its competition, Embraer expects a change in the bizjet market to come soon.
In a departure from its earlier policy of doing all Lineage 1000 cabin completion work in-house, Brazilian OEM Embraer is now offering a green variant of the executive version of its E190 regional jet that will allow owners to select an independent completion center.
Authorities in Canada continued their investigation this week into a September 4 runway excursion at Ottawa International Airport involving a Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145–the third such incident involving an ERJ 145 operated by the St. Louis-based regional airline at the same airfield.
While other OEMs are exploring joint business jet production with Avic in China, Embraer has already secured an agreement with the Chinese company to produce super-midsize Legacy 600s and 650s in Harbin. Embraer had an agreement with Avic to make ERJ-145 regional jets in Harbin until RJ production ended there late last year.
While news announced by Cessna and other OEMs at the Shanghai business aviation show in March to explore joint business jet production with Avic in China resurfaced last week in other trade media, Embraer is actually doing, not just exploring.
São Paulo, Brazil-based Embraer announced yesterday that it delivered 48 regional and executive jets in the second quarter, down 21 aircraft from the same period last year. Shipments of 23 executive jets in the quarter–10 Phenom 100s, 10 Phenom 300s and three Legacy 600/650s–paled in comparison to the 40 delivered in the same period last year. The drop off is attributable directly to fewer Phenom 100 deliveries.
Embraer yesterday bypassed an opportunity to firm up its intentions in the widening campaign to challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus in the single-aisle airliner sector. But the Brazilian airframer also passed a major milestone here in Paris with announcements of 37 orders and options that will take total orders for the E-Jet family over the 1,000-aircraft mark.
Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continue to provide growth opportunities for Embraer. To meet the increasing demand for services there, the airframer is expanding its authorized service center network (ASC). Embraer has appointed Nayak Aircraft Services in Cologne, Germany, to provide line maintenance support for the Lineage 1000 at its Frankfurt facility.
China’s Harbin Embraer Aircraft has delivered the last serial-production Embraer ERJ 145 ever built to Tianjin Airlines. Also the 41st ERJ 145 produced in Harbin since the first airplane rolled out of the factory in December 2003, the airplane landed at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on April 26 following a ferry flight from the site of Embraer’s 50-50 joint venture with Avic subsidiary Harbin Aircraft.