China’s Harbin Embraer delivers first airplane to Grand China Express

3 October 2007

Harbin, China, 3 Oct – The Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI), a joint venture between Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and China’s AVIC II, Friday delivered the first of 50 aircraft to air carrier Grand China Express.

Grand China Express, which is owned by the Hainan Airlines group (HNA), ordered the 50 ERJ 145 and Embraer 190 aircraft in August 2006, the first of which will be manufactured in China and the remaining 50 in Brazil.

The Embraer factory in China is located in the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province.

The ERJ 145 delivered to Grand China Express is the 1,000 aircraft of that type manufactured by Embraer.

At the ceremony to deliver the aircraft, the director-general of Aviation Industries of China II (AVIC II), Hongbiao Zhang, said he planned to “boost cooperation ties with Embraer to offer better services to customers in China.”

The chairman of the board of HNA, Chen Feng said that buying Embraer aircraft was an incentive to support the aircraft manufacturing industry in China and promote the development of national civil aviation.

In 2006, the Brazilian company delivered over 20 aircraft to its four main Chinese customers – HNA Group, China Southern, China Eastern Jiangsu, China Eastern Wuhan.

Embraer also sold eight Embraer 190 aircraft to Taiwan Mandarin Airlines and delivered the first in May 2007. (macauhub)