Harbin Embraer, a joint venture between Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A.) and AVIC II, announced yesterday the sale of five ERJ 145s to China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu Ltd.
The contract marks the second order placed by a Chinese airline with Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd. (HEAI).
“We are very pleased to welcome the ERJ 145 to our fleet. It is a very attractive aircraft that will fit in very well with our existing fleet and route structure,” said Su Guoxin, President & CEO of China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu Ltd.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in the second half of 2005 and continue in 2006. This deal will increase the ERJ 145 fleet in China to 16 aircraft, joining five airplanes operated by Sichuan Airlines and six operated by China Southern Airlines.
“Embraer is very proud that China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu Ltd. chose the ERJ 145. It will no doubt reinforce Embraer’s long-term commitment to the Chinese market. We are highly confident that the regional aviation market in China will enjoy further growth in the years to come.
“We believe the right-sizing and highest level of passenger comfort that the ERJ 145 provides will meet the satisfaction of both the airlines and the passengers,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer Executive Vice-President for Civil Aircraft.
“This is a very encouraging step forward for this Sino-Brazil joint venture. It will enhance both partners’ efforts to expand and strengthen commercial ties with clients based in this dynamic economy,” said Xu Zhanbin, Vice President of AVIC II, Embraer’s partner in the HEAI joint venture.
The ERJ 145s built in Harbin under license from Embraer feature the same characteristics of the successful ERJ regional jet family made in Brazil by Embraer: a modern design that has stood out in the world market for its operational efficiency, low operating costs and high levels of safety and comfort.
More than 900 aircraft of this family have been delivered worldwide. Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 110 seats with 35 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global airline, Defense and Corporate markets.
With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in Australia, China, France, Singapore and the United States.
Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of December 31, 2004, Embraer had a total workforce of 14,648 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.1 billion.
Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A.