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Embraer blames Boeing for drop in deliveries

written by Sandy Milne | May 13, 2020

An Embraer E175 (Source: Embraer)

Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer has announced its Q1 2020 orders and deliveries log, in a briefing delivered to shareholders in the city of São José dos Campos yesterday.

According to figures released in the meeting, the company delivered just 14 aircraft over the three months up to 31 March.

“Historically, Embraer seasonally has fewer deliveries during the first quarter of the year,” said the briefing. “In 2020 in particular, the commercial aircraft deliveries in the first quarter were also negatively impacted by the conclusion of the separation of Embraer’s Commercial Aviation unit in January.”

The comments refer to Boeing’s eleventh-hour decision to bail on a joint venture with Embraer, valued at US$4.2 billion. After the news broke several weeks ago, Embraer accused the Chicago-based manufacturer of making “false claims,” and stated that it would be pursuing all available remedies.

The aircraft delivered included five commercial passenger aircraft and nine executive planes. The breakdowns are as follows:

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Commercial aircraft:

  • Embraer 175 (3)
  • Embraer 190-E2 (1)
  • Embraer 195-E2 (1)
  • Phenom 300 (5)

Private/executive aircraft:

  • Light jets (5)
  • Praetor 500 (1)
  • Praetor 600 (3)
  • Large jets (4)

By comparison, Embraer delivered 26 commercial and 25 executive jets in 2Q19. In anticipation of the joint venture with Boeing, the airline’s commercial aviation branch was formally divested from the rest of the business last year.

According to data released by Embraer, the company now has a backlog totalling US$15.9 billion.

(Backlog and firm order data. Source: Embraer/PRNewswire)

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