Embraer’s E-Jets dominating the regional commercial jet market
Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil - The battle for global regional jet supremacy is over. Embraer, the feisty Brazilian aircraft maker, has won a huge victory worth tens of billions of dollars, crushing Bombardier, its beleaguered Canadian rival.
March 24, 2015 By The National Post
Since Embraer began producing E-Jets in 2004, it has received 1,500 orders from about 60 airlines in 48 countries. With top-sellers E175, E190 and E195, it has captured 62% of the regional jet market and is now consolidating that lead by spending US$1.7-billion to develop three more fuel-efficient variants of the E-Jet-E2. Test flights will begin next year at an airfield beside the company’s state-of-the-art factory an hour’s drive north of Sao Paulo, with first deliveries scheduled for 2018.
There are many reasons for Embraer’s triumph in a market once closely contested with Bombardier. The biggest by far is its focus on jets seating up to 130 passengers after what Paulo Cesar Silva, president for commercial aviation, says was “a deep assessment” of whether it should build a 150- or 160-seat aircraft. | READ MORE