Posted on: 12 May 2015 by Mark Howells
Aircraft manufacturers still have plenty of opportunities to sell larger regional jets into the USA, according to Charlie Hillis, Embraer’s VP sales & marketing, commercial aviation, North America (pictured).
“I think there are about 130 aircraft to be ordered which come inside the scope clause across multiple organisations,” Hillis remarked. “The RFPs will be ordered over the next 24 months, I believe. As for deliveries, we have no slot until 2017, so brand new deliveries won’t be before then.”
Hillis intends his company to get as many as possible of those potential orders to build on the recent sales performance of 350 orders and 410 options between 2013 and 2015. Additionally, from July this year, a new brand will appear on E-Jet fuselages as SkyWest begins operations for Alaska Airlines.
Hillis announced that Embraer is forecasting 2,060 aircraft deliveries in North America over 2015-34 in the 70 to 130-seat segment. That figure is almost 35% of the total worldwide demand for aircraft in this particular segment and is valued at $96 billion at list prices.
Rodrigo Silva e Souza, VP market intelligence, Embraer Commercial Aviation, noted that E-Jets now have 99.3% schedule reliability and 99.9% completion rate. “Those figures match the narrowbodies,” he claimed.
The programme has more than 450 orders in the backlog, which is more than four years at current production rate, Souza reported. This will include the entry into service of the E2 family, the first parts for which are being built, including wing parts in Evora, Portugal. The company is on track for entry into service on all three aircraft betweeen 2018 and 2020.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
Cleveland, Ohio, USA