FARNBOROUGH — Embraer and United Airlines have today announced a deal for 25 E175-E1 aircraft in a 70-seat configuration.

The order is valued at around $1.1 billion. Deliveries of the jet are due to begin in the second quarter of 2019 respectively.

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Charlie Hillis, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for North America at Embraer Commercial Aviation, commented:

“We are thrilled that United is adding another 25 Embraer aircraft to the large existing fleet of almost 400 E-Jets and ERJ’s currently flying in the United Express network.”

“The class-leading E175 platform is an aircraft that excels in the North American market due to its efficiency, comfort, and reliability,” Hillis explained.

“These new E175 aircraft will serve United and its passengers very well,” he determined.

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Gerry Laderman, United’s Senior Vice President of Finance and Acting Chief Financial Officer, said that “the new E-175 aircraft will provide our customers with a superior product that offers the latest in onboard amenities and comfort.”

“These aircraft will be a terrific addition to our fleet, and we are excited to begin taking delivery of the aircraft early next year,” Laderman added.

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Since January 2013, Embraer has sold more than 420 E175s to airlines across North America, earning more than 80% of all orders in the 70-76 seat segment also.

The E-Jet families have received more than 1,800 orders and over 1,400 have been delivered to 70 customers across 50 countries.

This first big order for Embraer is unfortunately not that of the E2 but no doubt, we should hopefully see some orders of that variant over the course of this week.

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The order fills several large holes in Embraer’s E-Jet production list and helps bridge a production gap for the Brazilian aerospace giant until its deal with Boeing is finalized.

With the assistance of Boeing, it is likely that the E-Jet family will see a degree of increase in orders and customers.

Until then, Embraer will continue to focus on repeat customers such as United and American.

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