Brazilian planemaker Embraer has signed a series of deals in China. The company signed a purchase order with Hebei Airlines for 10 E-190s jet aircraft at a ceremony held in Beijing. The order is valued at approximately US$40 million at list prices, with the first delivery scheduled for September 2012. Currently, Hebei Airlines operates six aircraft, including two ERJ-145s. In addition, Embraer confirmed an order for a further 10 E-190s with CDB Leasing. The planes will be operated by China Southern Airlines in a leasing arrangement with CBD.
The E-190 is a short-range narrow-body aircraft able to carry approximately 100 passengers up to 4,225km. Embraer has firm orders of 135 aircraft in China, including 85 E-190s, 46 ERJ-145s and four executive jets. To date, more than 80 Embraer aircraft are in service in China.
Speaking of the Hebei Airlines deal, Embraer’s Executive Vice President – Airline Market, Paulo C