Brazil’s Embraer announces sale of 36 jets to Northewest Airlines

9 October 2006

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 09 Oct – Brazil’s Embraer, the fourth largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, said Friday it had sold 36 units to Northwest Airlines, the fifth largest US air carrier .

The Embraer 175 aircraft, with a 76-passenger capacity, will be operated by the airline on internal US routes, and the first unit is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2007.

By the end of the second quarter of this year, Embraer had 455 firm orders and a further 442 options to buy for the Embraer 170-190 models, with a capacity of between 70 and 120 passengers.

In June of this year, the value of Embraer’s order book totaled US$13.3 billion, an increase of 29 percent on the same period of 2005, the company said in a statement.

Embraer, which currently employs around 17,500 workers at its units in Brazil, China, Europe and the United States, expects to build 7,950 aircraft between 2006 and 2025.

Set up 37 years ago, Embraer has already manufactured 3,900 aircraft, at the service of 70 airlines in 43 countries. (macauhub)