Posted on: 13 March 2018 by Kimberley Young
Brazil’s Embraer delivered a total of 101 commercial and 109 executive aircraft (72 light and 37 large) in 2017, meeting the company’s guidance for the year in aircraft deliveries.
The manufacturer, due to make a milestone delivery of its first E190-E2 aircraft to launch customer Widerøe next month, delivered 23 commercial and 50 executive aircraft (32 light and 18 large) in the fourth quarter of last year. The figures overall are slightly down on the previous year, when a total of 32 commercial jets and 43 executive jets (25 light and 18 large) were delivered in 4Q16 and 108 commercial jets and 117 executive jets (73 light and 44 large) delivered for the full year 2016.
In the fourth quarter of 2017 Embraer sealed a number of firm orders, including one from US carrier SkyWest for 20 E-jets, made up of 15 E175 SC (Special Configuration) aircraft, in a 70-seat configuration, and five E175s in a 76-seat configuration.
In December it also celebrated the delivery of its 1,400th E-Jet to American Airlines, which will be operated by Envoy Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc.
Considering all deliveries and firm orders obtained during the period, Embraer’s firm order backlog decreased US$500 million during 4Q17 to end the year at $18.3 billion. The value of the firm order backlog in its commercial aviation division at the end of 2017 was $13.4 billion.
Regarding its E-Jets E2 development programme, the manufacturer says it remains on schedule and on budget, with the first E190-E2 for Widerøe of Norway due to be delivered on 4 April.