Brazilian jet-builder Embraer reported it has “a firm order” from American Airlines for 60 E175 jets, a contract valued at $2.5 billion. The contract also includes options for another 90 E175s, which would mean a total of 150 aircraft.
The E175 is one of several entries in Embraer’s E-Jet series of narrow-body medium-range twin-engine jets, generally used in regional air service. Earlier this year, Embraer landed a contract from Republic Airways for 47 E175 jets. Republic operates the American Eagle region jet service, which is a code-sharing partner for many American Airlines routes.
The E175 jets are powered by GE Aviation’s CF34-8E engines. Embraer said the delivery of the first aircraft in the new order is scheduled for Q1 2015.
"We are delighted with this remarkable order from American Airlines, one of the most respected and renowned airlines worldwide,” stated Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
“American achieved impressive results with the ERJ 145 aircraft family, and we are sure that will continue with the E175, the most fuel efficient, cost effective, and passenger friendly 76 seater in the market today - which makes the E175 the clear choice of North American airlines, and proven with hundreds of orders this year," Cesar Silva continued.
The E-175 is generally arranged for about 80 passengers. Embraer said American Airlines would configure the E175s for 76 passengers -- 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra and 44 Main Cabin seats.
"It's been an exciting week for American Airlines," according to Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice president, Regional Carriers. "Now that we've closed our merger with US Airways, we can deliver a top-tier regional product that offers a First Class cabin, Main Cabin Extra and in-flight Wi-Fi – important elements of an improved flying experience for our customers.
During 2013, Embraer has taken orders and options for more than 700 E-Jets from U.S. airlines, including its current models and the E2 jets that are being developed for introduction in 2018.