Embraer has delivered the 1,000th E-Jet production aircraft during a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos. The E175 was handed over to Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which will operate the aircraft on behalf of American Eagle. The delivery is part of Republic’s order for 47 E175s that was announced at the beginning of 2013. The contract also includes options to buy another 47 aircraft.
“This is truly a remarkable milestone given that we delivered 1,000 airplanes in less than ten years,” said Frederico Curado, President & CEO of Embraer S.A. “This makes Embraer E-Jets among the most successful aircraft programs in the history of commercial aviation. We share this achievement with all of our customers, suppliers and especially our Embraer employees.”
Embraer’s relationship with Republic dates back to 1999 when Chautauqua Airlines, also a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, took delivery of its first ERJ 145 in the livery of US Airways Express. In 2008, Republic also received the 400th production E-Jet.
“Congratulations from the 6,500 employees of Republic Airways to the 18,000 employees of our good friends at Embraer on this significant milestone,” said Republic Chairman, President and CEO, Bryan Bedford. “Our relationship with Embraer spans nearly 15 years and covers nearly every commercial jet product produced in San José dos Campos. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this particular achievement with our very good friends.”
“We are extremely proud to deliver this jet to our friends at Republic Airways, a company that has been a huge part of our success and the operator of the largest fleet of E-Jets in the world,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Republic is here today representing all of our other customers who have added E-Jets to their fleets over the years. To them, I extend my sincere thanks for their support and for sharing our vision to introduce an airplane family that has made such an enormous contribution to our industry.”
The E-Jets family entered revenue service in 2004 when the first aircraft was delivered to LOT Polish Airlines. Currently, E-Jets are flying with 65 airlines from 45 countries. In June of this year, Embraer launched the second generation of the E-Jets family – E-Jets E2 – the first of which is slated to enter service in 2018.
Embraer E-Jets currently hold a 50% market share and account for 62% of deliveries in the segment of jets with capacity up to 130 seats. Since January 2013, Embraer has received more than 330 firm orders for both current-generation E-Jets and the E2s.
Embraer is the only manufacturer to develop a modern family of four airplanes specifically targeted for the 70 to 130-seat segment. Since the formal launch of the program in 1999, E-Jets have redefined the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating in range of business applications. Today, E-Jets are flying with mainline carriers, low-cost and regional airlines, and tour companies.
With an average mission completion rate of 99.9% and seven million flight cycles, the fleet of E-Jets recently reached the 10 million flight hour milestone. More than 460 million passengers have flown on Embraer E-Jets. In addition to their proven reliability, E-Jets have a strategically-located global network of customer support and services with 34 MRO centers, 11 of which are authorized and 23 are independent.