Posted on: 13 October 2016 by Mark Howells
The Embraer 170 and 175 have received certification to operate in Russia, meaning that the whole of the first generation E-Jet family is now certified in the country.
“We see a market for over 400 aircraft in this segment with the incumbent fleet having an average age of 20 years,” remarked Arjan Meijer, the OEM’s new vice-president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, noting also that alongside those forecast new aircraft deliveries, there is huge potential for pre-owned E-Jets in Russia.
“The Chinese market is another with huge potential, particularly now that the CAAC has new policy where new operators have to operate aircraft of a certain size and the E190 and E195 fit into that,” noted John Slattery, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. He also noted that the E175 is increasing in popularity in Europe, with KLM Cityhopper being the latest carrier to add the type to the fleet.
Slattery confirmed that E-Jet deliveries this year will be higher than in 2015, “just as it was in 2015 over the previous year”.
Moving to progress on the E2 programme, Meijer reported that three E190-E2s are flying which had accumulated more than 160 flight hours as of the end of August. Flight test aircraft 4, scheduled to have a full interior, has had its wing–body join completed.
The E2 family currently has 670 commitments, 272 of which are firm orders.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, LARA