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Embraer to highlight its commercial jets at ERA 2008 in UK

3rd October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Embraer will once again have a major presence at the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERA) convention. The event is one of the most important airline, airport and supplier gatherings in Europe, and includes a trade exhibition and a general assembly. For the first time, it will be held in the United Kingdom, in Manchester (England), October 8-10. The venue is Manchester Central, a unique convention complex, which was once a railway station.

Embraer’s commercial ERJ 145 and EMBRAER 170/190 (E-Jets) aircraft families, seating from 37 to 120 passengers, will be the Company’s main focus throughout the convention. The Parts Pool Program (including the Tool-On-Time – TOT – option) and the Expendable Parts Replenishment Embraer Service Solution (EXPRESS) will be also highlighted. With these services, Embraer assumes the responsibility for maintaining a parts inventory at its distribution and service centers, and for providing parts to operators, as soon as they are requested. The Company also ensures that customers have all the materials they require for their aircraft maintenance and repair, including state-of-the-art equipment used for specific procedures, thus avoiding the need for additional investments in low-usage tools.

“Embraer leads the market in the 70 to 120-seat segment, with an expanding fleet in Europe,” said Luiz Fuchs, Embraer Vice President – Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Airline Market. “Our EMBRAER 170/190 family, which first entered service in Europe, has proven to be very successful in the region, with a customer base of 14 airlines. This truly demonstrates the ability of our E-Jets to provide operational flexibility, performance, comfort, and outstanding economics for different airline business models.”

This year, Embraer welcomed three new European customers. Niki, of Austria, confirmed the acquisition of five EMBRAER 190s; Air Moldova purchased one EMBRAER 190; and Universal Airlines, of Spain, contracted for six EMBRAER 195s. Furthermore, LOT Polish Airlines signed a firm order for an additional 12 EMBRAER 175s; Régional, of France, confirmed options on three EMBRAER 170s and one EMBRAER 190; Finnair purchased three more EMBRAER 190s; and Montenegro Airlines acquired one EMBRAER 195.

Earlier this year, the ERJ 145 family of 37 to 50-seat jets, with more than 1,000 delivered, reached a new milestone when it obtained Russian certification.

By June 30, 2008, the EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets had logged 847 firm orders and 827 options. Today, this family has been ordered by more than 50 customers in 30 countries, worldwide. Over 430 aircraft are already in operation, surpassing 2 million flight hours.

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