MIAMI — Embraer has delivered today its 1,300th E-Jet airliner in a ceremony held at its production plant in São José dos Campos. The jetlliner, an E195, was delivered to China’s Tianjin Airlines.

“We dedicate this milestone to all our customers who have embraced the E-Jets philosophy. Without each of them, we would never have achieved such success with the program,” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

Tianjin Airlines is among Embraer’s earliest customers in China. In 2008, it became the first airline to operate an E-Jet in China. This relationship was further strengthened in 2014, after a deal signed for up to 20 E195s and 20 E190-E2 aircraft. The airline is also the Embraer Authorized Service Center in the region.

The delivery announced today makes Tianjin Airlines the largest aircraft operator of the Brazilian airframer in Asia, with 45 E195s and 20 ERJ145 regional aircraft in service.

“Tianjin Airlines started as a regional carrier, and the E-Jets have played a crucial role in our fleet optimization and route expansion,” Liu Lu, Executive Chairman and President of Tianjin Airlines.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), China is set to become the world’s largest passenger market by 2020. And although China’s economic growth shows signs of slowing, the upward trend in domestic China traffic remains strong. In its most recent market outlook, Embraer forecasts a regional demand for 1,030 aircraft in the 70-130 seat segment in the coming two decades.

To date, Embraer is leading the regional aviation segment in China, with 190 aircraft orders equivalent to 80% of the market share.