American Airlines ordered another 15 Embraer E175 jets, the company announced on Nov. 5. The contract is valued at $ 705 million, considering list prices for aircraft, and deliveries will begin in 2020.
With this new order, the American Airlines fleet will have a total of 104 E175 aircraft, which have been acquired since 2013. The most recent order, also for 15 aircraft, occurred in May 2018.
As in the previous order, the aircraft of the new order will also be operated by Envoy, regional airline subsidiary of the American Airlines group. According to Embraer, the jets will be configured with 75 seats, with 12 first-class seats and 64 economy-class seats, including economy class “Extra” (with larger space between the rows).
Tailored to the US
The E175 is an aircraft with a strong presence in the US regional aviation market. Since 2013, the Brazilian manufacturer has sold more than 430 jets of this series to airlines in North America, achieving more than 80% of orders in this region in the segment for up to 76 passengers.
Embraer’s main competitor in this category is the Canadian Bombardier CRJ-900, which by the way is also operated by the American Airlines group with 76 seats.
The E175 will soon advance a generation. The E175-E2 will be the smallest jet of the new E-Jets 2 (E2) family from Embraer. The new jet is expected to make the first flight in 2019 and start deliveries in 2021.