Embraer had a very solid 2018.
The manufacturer delivered an impressive 181 jets in total throughout the year. The mix was pretty much split down the middle between commercial aircraft and executive aircraft. Commercial jets accounted for 90 of the planes that were delivered by Embraer last year. Executive jets accounted for 91. Those 91 jets were split between 64 light aircraft and 27 large aircraft. Those numbers look impressive. However, the 91 executive jets that were delivered actually fell below the projected outlook of between 105 and 125 jets that Embraer had for the year. Embraer did manage to beat its outlook range of between 85 and 95 for commercial jets. Many more deliveries are coming for 2019. The bottom line is that you can expect to see a healthy number of Embraer aircraft entering fleets around the globe in the second half of 2019. The current order backlog for Embraer jets currently totals $16.3 billion.
Where are all of the orders for Embraer aircraft coming from?
Most orders aren’t from legacy carriers in the United States. Republic Airways recently placed an order for 100 E175 jets. The contract involved with the purchase also gives Republic Airways the option to order another 100 E175 jets. Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras also just confirmed an order. The carrier will be taking 21 E195-E2 jets. These planes will be in addition to the 30 E195-E2 jets ordered by the airline back in 2015. The first plane on order is expected to be received by Azul in 2019. An aircraft-leasing company called Nordic Aviation Capital ordered three E190 planes that are set for delivery beginning in 2019. Embraer is also working on an order from SkyWest for nine E175 jets. SkyWest is no stranger to Embraer’s aircraft. The carrier has purchased 158 E175 aircraft since 2013. Even American Airlines is joining in. Embraer announced in the last quarter of 2018 that American had signed on to order 15 E175 jets with the 76-seat configuration.
Embraer isn’t slowing down when it comes to churning out new designs. The company recently launched the new Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets. Both models introduce an unprecedented range in their categories. Neither model is certified to enter service as of right now. However, it is expected that the Praetor 600 will be certified to enter service during the second quarter of this year. The Praetor 500 will be following during the third quarter of the year.
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