Posted on: 12 October 2017
Brazil’s Embraer had a firm order backlog totalling US$18.8 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2017, $300 million higher than at the end of the previous quarter.
The aircraft manufacturer delivered 25 jets to the commercial aviation market during the quarter: 18 E175s, five E190s and two E195s. For the year to date it has delivered 78 jets: 65 E175s, seven E190s and six E195s.
The main highlight for the period, says the company, was its sale announcements related to US airline SkyWest, which signed for 45 new aircraft. In September it ordered 25 E-Jets in a $1.1 billion deal, with those to be delivered during the course of next year. The following month it confirmed a second firm order for 20 more, with the value put at $914 million, based on current list prices.
For its E2 series it now has 100 firm orders for the E175-E2, 80 firm orders for the E190-E2 and 105 for the E195-E2.
New training centre in Johannesburg
Embraer has also announced the establishment of a new training centre at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The centre will open in the first half of 2018 and will be the first facility of its kind in Africa, says the manufacturer, to provide this range of training under one roof for qualified pilots, maintenance technicians and cabin crew.
It will be equipped with an E-Jets full flight simulator, four flight management system simulators, a door trainer, and an over wing trainer to deliver pilot training and ground school, engineering courses, and E-Jet familiarisation training for cabin crew. When fully operational, it will be able to train around 2,000 aerospace professionals a year.
Flight crew and engineering technicians from Embraer operators such as Airlink, the centre’s anchor and launch customer, will be trained there.
Johann Bordais, president and CEO, Embraer Services & Support, said: “Currently, Africa’s share of global air traffic is less than 3%. IATA predicts that by 2034, air traffic in Africa will grow with an average yearly increase of 4.7%, reaching a total of 294 million passengers. Seven of the 10 fastest-growing passenger markets over the next 20 years will be on the African continent.”
Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink, said, “Skills development and training are an essential factor in unlocking the huge potential of Africa’s market – bringing significant economic growth and the connectivity our people deserve.”
Embraer says there are currently 150 of its aircraft in operation with 43 airlines in 22 African countries.