Posted on: 14 July 2014
Embraer continue to add to its E-Jet E2 orderbook with an order from Trans States Holdings (TSH) for 50 “re-confirmable” E175-E2s plus 50 options, with deliveries to begin in 2020.
The term “re-confirmable” relates to the fact that the order is placed without TSH having any capacity purchase agreement in place to utilise the aircraft. As soon as that occurs, the order goes into the Embraer backlog. “It’s all down to the reporting regime,” explained Charlie Hillis, Embraer’s vice-president, sales & marketing–airline market, North America. “The deal is done, TSH has put deposits down and the production positions are secured. All the commercial terms have been completely negotiated.”
“They’re firm orders as far as I’m concerned,” interjected Rick Leach, president of Trans States Holdings. He also confirmed that this E175-E2 deal would have no effect at all on the company’s order for 50 Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJs). “We still expect deliveries of those in late 2016 or early 2017. What this does highlight is the commonality of the powerplants and how much we believe in this technology.”
Both Leach and Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation (pictured above), emphasised that the two companies have worked together for almost 25 years, with TSH having flown Embraer turboprops, the ERJ family and E-Jets too. “So this is just a normal progression for us,” Leach remarked. “We’re very excited about our E2s whcih will be configured in a 2-class layout with 76 seats.”
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net