China: Brazil’s Embraer projects sale of 875 jets to China over next 20 years

5 November 2008

Zhuhai, China, 5 Nov – Brazil’s Embraer, the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, said Tuesday in Zhuhai it expected to sell 875 aircraft to China by 2028.

At a press conference, Embraer said that the company, over the next 20 years expected to sell to China 120 30-60 passenger aircraft, 295 aircraft with a capacity of between 61 and 90 passengers, and 460 aircraft with a capacity of between 91 and 120 passengers.

Embraer officials attending Airshow China 2008, held in Zhuhai, said that, “the air transport industry will continue to demand more fuel efficient and environmentally correct aircraft, which will further drive the aviation industry’s development in China.”

The chairman of Embraer China, Guan Dongyuan, said meanwhile that “the announcement of prospects for the Chinese market at the country’s biggest and most influential aviation event shows the importance that Embraer gives to this market.”

Embraer has already sold 38 aircraft to six Chinese airlines and has over 126 orders.

In China Embraer sells ERJ 145 aircraft with a capacity for 30 to 50 passengers, and E-Jets with a capacity of between 70 and 120 passengers.

Embraer has also sold executive jets to the Chinese market of the Phenom 100, Phenom 30, Legacy 450-500 and 600 and Lineage mdoels.

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. (macauhub)