Brazil’s Embraer announces sale of 30 jets to Republic Airlines

26 July 2006

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 26 July – Brazil’s Embraer, the fourth largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, said it had sold 30 units to US air carrier Republic Airlines.

The aircraft are part of an original option order between the Brazilian manufacturer and US Airways, which increases to 75 the buy options taken up by Republic, Embraer said in a statement.

the delivery of the 30 175 aircraft, with 85 seats and configured to offer a single class service, are expected to begin in 2007 and continue throughout 2008, the Brazilian manufacturer said.

The new aircraft, the value of which was not given, will replace 20 Embraer 145 models, with 50 seats operated by Chautauqua Airlines, a Republic subsidiary.

Republic Airlines currently operates 28 Embraer 170 aircraft, configured to take up to 72 passengers, for US`Airways.

In 2002, through a joint venture with the China Aviation industry Corporation, Embraer set up its first foreign unit.

The Harbin Embraer Aircraft industry Company is located in the city of Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, in Northeast China.

In December 2004, Embraer, together with the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), won the public privatization tender for Portuguese aeronautical company OGMA. (macauhub)