FARNBOROUGH  Embraer unveiled several major orders during the second day of the Farnborough Air Show 2018.

The Brazilian manufacturer announced the first order of the show yesterday, with the order announced for 25 Embraer E175s for United Airlines.

The US carrier currently has 350 Embraer aircraft. All 25 are due to be delivered next year.

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John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation

Mauritania Orders Two E175s

The second order is from Mauritania Airlines for two E175, representing a new customer in the region of Africa.

“Embraer is proud to welcome Mauritania Airlines to the growing family of E-Jets operators”, said Raul Villaron, Vice President, Sales, for the Middle East & Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

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“With the best economics in its category, the E175 is a success in many markets around the world and we are glad the aircraft will enter the African market with Mauritania Airlines,”  he explained.

“The acquisition of the E175 is part of our fleet modernization, replacing old aircraft with complementing our young narrow-body aircraft”, said Mr. Mohamed Radhy Bennahi, CEO of Mauritania Airlines.

“We are certain that with the E175 we’ll be able to offer an even better service to our customers, with greater comfort, adding more frequencies and new destinations,” he guaranteed.

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Unknown Spanish Customer Orders Five Aircraft

The third order is from an undisclosed customer based in Spain for 5 aircraft, featuring 3 firm and 2 purchase rights.

Launch Customer for Staggered Seats

The fourth is the largest out of the briefing, which was with Wataniya Airways for 20 E195-E2 aircraft, featuring 10 firm orders and 10 options respectively.

Wataniya will be the launch customer for the Middle East as well as the launch customer for the new business class seats on the E2.

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“It’s great to welcome Wataniya Airways to the E-Jets operator family”, said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

“Wataniya will not only be the first E2 operator in the Middle East, but also the worldwide launch customer of our staggered business class, which will establish a new level of comfort in business class for crossover narrow-body jets,” Slattery added.

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“The E195-E2 will allow us to open non-served markets and increase frequencies, delivering better connectivity to the Kuwait market”, said Rakan Al-Tuwaijri, CEO of Wataniya Airways.

“We have chosen the staggered seats to differentiate ourselves from the competition, offering a superior product with extra legroom and better privacy for our customers,” Al-Tuwaijiri continued.

Switzerland Order For 24 E2 jets

The fifth order came from Helvetic Airways who are to renew their fleet with 24 E190-E2 aircraft, featuring 12 firm orders with the options for an additional 12.

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Tobias Pogorevc, CEO of Helvetic Airways, said:

“Our existing Embraer fleet is performing with excellent dispatch rates and our Fokker 100s have been very productive in the last 12 years.”

“However, with the new E2 family, Helvetic will consolidate its highly reliable operation with the quietest and most efficient next-generation aircraft available.”

“Furthermore, moving from the current E190 to the E2 fleet will be simple for our well-trained pilots, as only two and half days of ‘non-simulator’ transition training is needed.”

Azul Orders 21 E195-E2s

Order number six went to Azul Airlines in Brazil, who signed a Letter of Intent for 21 E195-E2 aircraft, representing yet another significant order for the E2 program.

At this point, there was 65 E2 aircraft confirmed to be sold.

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Winner of the day: Republic at 200

Order seven was the biggest order of the briefing!

U.S regional carrier Republic Airways signed for 200 E175s, featuring 100 firm orders and 100 options respectively.

The order does account for conversion from E1 to E2 programs respectively. Deliveries are to start from 2019 and will run up over the next few years.

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Slattery continued later:

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Republic as one of our largest and most valuable customers.”

“With a relationship spanning 20 years, we are immensely honored to continue being an integral part of their success as they expand their fleet with additional E175s.”

“Republic is a critical component of Embraer’s history and we are absolutely committed to providing a product that appeals to their customers while delivering solutions that increase profitability.”

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Bryan Bedford, Republic’s President, and CEO, stated:

“Over the past two decades, we have acquired more than 350 aircraft through our partnership with Embraer.”

“Through this partnership, we have delivered industry-leading safety, service, and reliability to our codeshare partners and this order positions Republic to focus on the next stage of growth in the North American regional market.”

“The E-Jet has proven to be a product that allows Republic to provide a reliable and seamless flight experience for passengers, and when coupled with our 5,500 dedicated aviation professionals, it delivers on our long-term vision of being the regional airline of choice.”

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The ‘Profit Hunter’ Sells

This was a very successful sales briefing from Embraer.

Having sold 300 units so far this week at a list price of $15 billion, it shows demand for both the E1 and E2 families.

More importantly, Embraer has secured several significant orders for the struggling E2 program.

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Embraer has said that with the new orders, they have enough space in Sao Paulo to develop the aircraft there instead of having to develop a new assembly line elsewhere, meaning that all if not most of the production will be at their factory Sao Paulo facility.

Embraer has expressed a high degree of joy over their 85% market share in their segment up to 90 seats and is happy with the customers that have placed these new orders this week.

Now, the E2 program can begin the ramp-up production under the leadership and sales team of Boeing once their deal is finalized.