DUBAI 2013: Embraer ponders retrofits of E2 upgrades

Embraer is assessing which of the changes being introduced with its E2 family of E-Jets could be retrofittable to the current models, the matter having been raised by the airlines within the advisory board, according to John Slattery, chief commercial officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

The new interiors are high on the list of the possibilities discussed, he acknowledged.

Meanwhile Slattery reported that the company is well on the way to a record year with 777 firms orders, options and Letters of Intent under its belt so far. “This year, we have 134 firm orders for the current E-Jets family, the ‘E1s’ as we have begun to call them. And by almost every metric that you could look at, we are the market leaders in aircraft up to 130 seats,” he declared.

The company now has E-Jets operated by 65 airlines in 46 countries and is aiming to exceed 100 operators by the time its new E-Jets E2 family enters service in 2018.

Embraer launched the E2 family Paris with 365 commitments which now encompass 150 on firm order, 150 options, plus 65 LOIs. “Having ILFC and SkyWest as launch customers, we immediately got validation from those interested in the value of the aircraft going forward and also validation from the operator community,” Slattery commented.

“Airbus and Boeing announced [their re-engine programmes] earlier and we actually took the advantage of the second-mover position. We don’t compete with the big two, rather we complement them. So that help us decide [our product strategy]. Our vision is that over the next 12 months, we will see airlines ordering both E1s and E2s,” he added

The Middle East could be just such a market for order, as Mathieu Duquesnoy, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s vice-president, Middle East and Africa, explained. “Six years ago, we had no operators in the Middle East. Now we have eight operators, with 54 aircraft in service of 61 total orders for the region,” he commented, empasising that E-Jets are now the second most operated aircraft family to fly intra-Middle East operations – “more than the 737” – and have a market share of 62% in the 61-120 seat market in the region.

“We forecast 305 more in next 20 years – 125 in the 61-90 seat segment and 180 in the 91-120 seat segment. The split over 130 and 175 deliveries for first and second 10-year period respectively. The number of aircraft in the region will grow – it’s not a matter of if, but when,” he declared.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
Dubai, UAE

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