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Embraer launches new EJet family and leapfrogs CSeries orderbook
Embraer has officially launched the next generation its regional jet family – and followed up with orders and options totalling 365 aircraft immediately leapfrogging competitor Bombardier's CSeries for market share leadership.
The orders – announced at the Paris Airshow today included a firm order for 100 E-175s from U.S. company SkyWest which also has options for a further 100 E-175s bringing a total order value to more than $9 billion.
Meanwhile lease company ILFC has signed a letter of intent to buy 25 E-190s and 25 E-195s, with a further 50 options. Embraer also said it had received letters of intent from five undisclosed airlines for 65 further second-generation E-Jets.
The new aircraft will range in size between smallest E175-E2, which will be stretched one row and seat up to 88 passengers, to up to 132 seats for the largest E-195-E2, which has grown by three seat rows.
The largest version of the aircraft will compete directly against Bombardier’s largest regional jets, but also its CSeries, which seats between 110 and 145 passengers.
Embraer claims the new family will offer “double-digit reductions in fuel consumption, emissions, noise and maintenance costs, and increased aircraft availability.
“After more than a decade of success, the E-Jets have become a fixture in commercial airline fleets around the world,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer chief executive. “The launch of the E2 builds on our vision to offer leading-edge commercial jets.”
The latest generation of regional jets will almost certainly ratchet up the pressure on Bombardier for both its regional jets and its new transcontinental CSeries jet. The new regional jet has so far racked up just short of 200 orders over the five years since its launch.
Guy Hachey, Bombardier Aerospace president, said he was not concerned about the impact the new Embraer jets would have on sales, in particular those of the CSeries.
“We feel we’re in a very good position,” he said
The E-190-E2 will enter into service in the second half of 2018, followed by the E-195-E2 in 2019, Embraer said. The E175-E2 will follow in 2012.