Brazilian planemaker Embraer has said it sees good potential for its new E-Jets E2, the second generation of its popular narrow-body medium-range aircraft, and has significant potential for orders in the Middle East and Africa.
Launched at the Paris Air Show in 2013, Embraer E-Jets E2 were on display at Dubai Airshow ready to attract perspective buyers. The first of the jets are scheduled for delivery in 2018, and the company’s corporate communications director, Saulo Passos, said the size of the aircraft means there is serious scope for orders from the Middle East and African market, in particular.
“We see a very good potential for the region, especially for Africa as well,” said Passos. “This type of aircraft is perfect to open up new routes, so in areas where you want to test and you want to really go and open up new routes with the right size for the demand, that's where we see a lot of potential for this one.”
The E-Jets E2 is comprised of three new aircraft – E175-E2, E190-E2, E195-E2 – seating from 70 to 130 passengers. The E190-E2 is expected to enter service in the first half of 2018. The E195-E2 is slated to enter service in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020.
In the defence sector, Embraer looks set to announce a contract of some size this week at Dubai Airshow. Passos said the aircraft manufacturer has seen strong interest in two of its defence models.
“There is very good interest in two [defence] projects that we have. One is the KC390, which will enter into operation in two and a half years from now and the Super Tacano particularly. We see a lot of interest in the region. We see a lot of potential in those two,” Passos added.
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