Posted on: 19 June 2011 by Mark Howells
PARIS 2011: Embraer announces orders for 39 E-190s
Embraer has announced 39 orders from five customers, all for the most popular member of the E-Jet family, the Embraer 190.
The new sales, which add to 60 announced so far this year, come from Sriwijaya Air with 20 plus 10 purchase rights, Air Astana (two aircraft plus two options), GECAS (two), Air Lease Corporation (five), plus a Letter of Intent from Kenya Airways for 10 firm plus 10 options. Although the last agreement is currently an LoI, Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, president Embraer Commercial Aviation, emphasised that the firm order was merely “a few weeks away”. The backlog including these 39 now stands at 309.
Air Lease Corporation CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy said that ALC had been very pleased to do a follow-on order from FI2010’s order. “The aircraft has achieved very strong demand, so we decided to increase the order to 30 units, all to be delivered in 2011 and 2012 (11 this year and 19 next year),” he commented. “Passengers love the aircraft, so popularity with the customers has been very good.”
John Pluger, ALC’s COO, added that all 20 E-190s and five E-175s from the original order had been placed – 10 with Alitalia, six with TRIP, four with Bulgaria Air, three with Kenya Airways and two with Air Astana. “We’ve also been very pleased with what we’ve heard from customers about Embraer’s product support,” he reported.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net