Embraer reports 2018 numbers
By Wings Staff
Embraer of Brazil delivered a total of 181 jets in 2018, of which 90 were commercial aircraft and 91 were executive jets (64 light and 27 large). The deliveries were within the company’s outlook ranges for the year of 85 to 95 for the commercial aviation market, while business aviation market deliveries were below Embraer’s 105 to 125 outlook.
By Wings Staff
In the fourth quarter of 2018, Embraer delivered 33 commercial jets and 36 executive jets (24 light and 12 large). As of December 31, the firm order backlog totaled US$16.3 billion.
During the fourth quarter, Embraer confirmed commercial jets sales following the agreements established at Farnborough Airshow in July 2018. Republic Airways, the world’s largest E-Jets operator, signed a firm order for 100 E175 jets. The contract also includes purchase rights for an additional 100 E175s, with conversion rights to the E175-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 200 E-Jets.
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras confirmed its firm order for a previously announced 21 E195-E2 jets. This contract is in addition to the 30 E195-E2 jets ordered by the airline in 2015, raising Azul’s total order to 51 Embraer E2 aircraft. Azul is the launch operator of the E195-E2 and will receive the first aircraft in 2019.
Embraer also signed a firm order contract for three E190 aircraft with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), which focues on regional aircraft leasing, and unveiled that Binter Canarias, of Spain, will receive its first E195-E2 jet in the second half of 2019, becoming the first European customer of the E-Jets E2’s largest model. The airline signed a firm order with Embraer for three E195-E2s. The contract also includes purchase rights for two additional aircraft of the same model.
American Airlines also signed a firm order for 15 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration, while the Government of Kiribati, in partnership with its national airline, Air Kiribati, signed two firm orders for the E190-E2 E-Jets and two purchase rights for the same model.
Recently, Embraer unveiled an additional order from SkyWest for nine E175 jets which was included in the last quarter backlog. Since 2013, SkyWest has purchased a total of 158 E175s (including these nine), in order to expand its existing fleet of Embraer aircraft.
In the business aviation market, Embraer in the fourth quarter launched its Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets. The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019.
Embraer Defense & Security in the period celebrated what the company describes as an important milestone when its multi-mission airlift KC-390 was granted the Type Certificate from Brazilian aviation authority Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC).