Brazil: Embraer delivers first of five jets to China’s Kun Peng Airlines

1 September 2008

São José dos Campos, Brazil, 1 Sept – Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer Thursday delivered the first of five Embraer 190 aircraft to Kun Peng Airlines, one of the largest Chinese regional airlines.

According to a statement published the Embraer website, the firm order for the five aircraft was presented by Kun Peng Airlines in July of 2008, as part of the 46th Farnborough International Airshow, held in Great Britain.

The aircraft is configured to accommodate 98 passengers in two classes, said Embraer, which noted that it will significantly enhance Kun Peng’s operational capability.

On Tuesday, 26 August, Embraer and Kun Peng Airlines signed a five-year agreement to supply spare parts.

The contract includes the automatic replacement of parts and will reduce delivery time, the Brazilian manufacturer said in a statement. Embraer said this will allow Kun Peng to manage maintenance costs by cutting down on planning, controlling and purchasing of parts.

In 2003, Embraer created a joint venture with Chinese companies Harbin Aircraft and Hafei Aviation Industry, which are both controlled by China Aviation Industry Corporation II.

Harbin Embraer Aircraft, which is located in Harbin, capital of the province of Heilongjiang, produces aircraft for the Chinese market that are similar to the ones manufactured at the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, 90 kilometres from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Kun Peng Airlines is a joint-venture between China’s ShenZhen Airlines, and the US airline Mesa Air and in July 2008 it placed a firm order for five Embraer 190 aircraft. (macauhub)