Brazilian planemaker Embraer has reported a 12 per cent increase in its aircraft backlog in its second-quarter financial results and delivered four of its new E195-ES aircraft.
The planemaker delivered a total of 34 jets in the quarter, 14 of which were commercial and 20 were executive jets (12 light and eight large).
As of the end of June, its backlog totalled to US$15.9 billion, predominately including 30 E195-E2 aircraft on firm order from Canada’s Porter Airlines – marking a 12 per cent backlog climb.
This is a steady rise from its quarter one firm order backlog of US$14.2 billion, after the delivery of nine commercial jets and 13 executive jets.
The 30 E195-E2 jets doubled Porter’s fleet, enabling new routes to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Originally, the carrier was reported as an “undisclosed” order on 29 April, but was revealed to the market on 12 July.
A highlight in recent months for Embraer was Switzerland carrier Helvetic Airways receiving the first of four new E195-E2 aircraft.
The airline ordered a total of 12 E-Jets E2 as part of its fleet renewal initiative, including eight E190-E2s already in service, and four E195-E2s, changed from an original order for E190-E2 jets.
The planemaker’s E195-E2 new generation aircraft is gaining momentum in the commercial jet market, especially as it sold seven in quarter two, the most popular type this year so far.
As of 30 June, the jet has a firm backlog of 157, with only the E170 coming close behind at 141 firm orders.
The E195-E2 aircraft is specifically designed to cut emissions and noise pollution, delivering a 31 per cent reduction in carbon emissions per seat over KLM Cityhopper’s first-generation E190s.
Noise pollution is also dramatically reduced; the noise footprint is over 60 per cent smaller.
Embraer delivered its 600th Phenom 300 series business jet to Superior Capital Holdings, based in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The planemaker also delivered its first limited-edition Phenom 300E aircraft as part of a collaboration with Porsche to an undisclosed customer in Florida.
The Brazilian company ended 2020 with a total net loss of US$731.9 million, more than double the previous year.
While this was a major loss, business jets have continued to recover “steady, consistent and at a higher pace”, according to Jim Currier from conglomerate Honeywell.