Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14 May – Brazilian planemaker Embraer has announced the delivery of the first of eight Embraer 190 aircraft to Mandarin Airlines of Taiwan.
The contract is Embraer’s first with a Taiwanese airline. The Brazilian company has a factory at Harbin in China that is mainly geared to producing planes for companies based in mainland China.
The Brazilian plane manufacturer sold 20 aircraft in 2006 to four main Chinese customers, the HNA Group, China Southern, China Eastern Jiangsu and China Eastern Wuhan. Additionally, another 100 aircraft were delivered in August 2005 to the HNA Group, Embraer’s largest Asian customer.
The Brazilian firm signed a leasing contract with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) in July 2006 for the delivery of planes to Mandarin Airlines.
Mandarin’s new Embraer planes replace an existing fleet of Focker 100 and 150s. The company, a subsidiary of China Airlines, has 13 planes and operates 65 daily flights to 19 destinations in Taiwan and Southeast Asia
Created in 1991, Mandarin Airlines was the first company to operate the new 190-seat Embraer 190.
In March 2007, Embraer had 630 firm orders and 558 options for a total 1,188 aircraft from 32 customers worldwide.
The Brazilian company has a sales and support office in Singapore, an office in Beijing and an assembly plant in the Chinese city of Harbin, where it makes planes in a joint venture with Aviation Industries of China. (macauhub)