On the first day of the Paris Air Show 2015, Embraer announced new orders from four customers for 50 aircraft of its E-Jet and E-Jet E2 families, as well as options and other commitments from two of the customers for 35 additional E-Jets.
Embraer also indicated on June 15 that it expected existing options on 18 more E-Jets to be converted to firm orders soon.
Leading Embraer’s Paris show first-day order bonanza was leasing company Aircastle Limited subsidiary Aircastle Holding Corporation, which announced a firm order for 25 E-Jet E2s and purchase rights on 25 more.
Aircastle Holding Corporation’s order consists of 15 Embraer 190-E2s and 10 Embraer 195-E2s, the company also securing purchase rights on 15 more Embraer 190-E2s and 10 more Embraer 195-E2s.
Deliveries of the Embraer 190-E2s to Aircastle are scheduled to begin in 2018, with deliveries of Embraer 195-E2s to the leasing company scheduled to start in 2019.
Aircastle has contracted to take delivery of its Embraer E-Jet E2s at a rate of roughly seven aircraft per year through 2021. The leasing company’s order brings the E-Jets E2 firm-order backlog to 267 aircraft, with customers taking options and purchase rights on 373 more.
Embraer is planning to deliver the first customer E-Jet E2 (an Embraer 190-E2) in the first half of 2018. The Embraer 195-E2 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 and the Embraer 175-E2 in 2020.
At the Paris Air Show, United Airlines announced it had ordered 10 more Embraer 175s, to be operated by one of its regional partners on the United Express network. Embraer values the firm order at $444 million at list price.
Additionally, the Brazilian manufacturer announced that United or one of the carriers that operates as a United Express franchisee is expected to convert options for 18 more Embraer 175s to firm orders in the near term, also for operation on the United Express network.
Delivery of the first of the 10 firm-ordered Embraer 175s is expected in 2016. Each will be configured in a two-class 76-seat layout with 12 First class, 16 Economy Plus and 48 Economy seats and will be equipped for in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity.
United Airlines, which placed a previous order for 30 Embraer 175s in April 2013, has said that in the future its fleet of 76-seat regional jets will be comprised exclusively of Embraer 175s.
Its latest new Embraer 175s feature a new canted wing-tip which improves the regional jet’s aerodynamic performance. Fuel consumption on a typical flight will be 6.4 per cent lower than the amounts of fuel burned by first-generation Embraer 175s, according to Embraer.
Meanwhile, SkyWest Airlines – a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., the world’s largest regional-airline holding company – has ordered eight new, two-class Embraer 175s jets to fly on behalf of Alaska Airlines.
The Embraer 175s, which are due for delivery in 2016, will replace eight Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets SkyWest currently flies on the Alaska Airlines network. SkyWest expects to retire these aircraft from the Alaska Airlines network by fall 2016.
SkyWest’s order announcement comes in the same month as it takes ownership of the first of seven other Embraer 175s it ordered last fall to be flown for Alaska Airlines under a capacity-purchase agreement.
The regional carrier will begin flying these previously ordered Embraer 175s for Alaska Airlines on July 1, using them to launch new services from Seattle to Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, and between Portland in Oregon and St. Louis.
Each of Alaska’s 76-seat Embraer 175s will feature 12 seats in first class and 64 seats in economy.
The Brazilian manufacturer’s fourth Paris Air Show order announcement on June 15 is a firm order for seven Embraer 190s from new Chinese carrier Colorful Guizhou Airlines, which is the first locally owned airline in China’s Guizhou Province.
In addition, Colorful Guizhou Airlines has optioned 10 more Embraer 190s.
Embraer values the deal at US$834 million (if Colorful Guizhou Airlines exercises all its options) and says it will deliver the new Chinese airline’s first Embraer 190 this year.
Colorful Guizhou Airlines is Embraer’s fifth E-Jet customer in China and its first in Southwestern China.
Established by the Guizhou Industrial Investment (Group) Co., Ltd, Colorful Guizhou Airlines plans to begin operating commercial services this year. Its initial network aim is to serve cities in Guizhou province and in neighboring provinces.