No commercial orders have been announced by Embraer at the Dubai Airshow, but the focus has been more on the perspective of the EVE Air Mobility side.
The Brazilian planemaker made three announcements this week pertinent to that side of the manufacturer’s structure.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
The Embraer Focus on EVE Air Mobility at the Dubai Airshow…
Embraer secured the following agreements for it’s EVE Air Mobility program at the Dubai Airshow:
- Letter of Intent with Kookiejar to Develop Urban Air Traffic Management System for Operations in Dubai.
- Joint venture between EVE Air Mobility & Hunch Mobility to provide first electric commuter flights to Bangalore, India.
- Memorandum of Understanding with NATS to develop Urban Air Mobility Traffic Management Services in the UK.
Rob Weaver, the Urban ATM Global Business Development Lead at EVE Air Mobility, the wing of Embraer, had this to say at the Dubai Airshow:
“Urban air mobility relies on infrastructure within the lower air space as well as accessible takeoff and landing spots – vertiports.”
“Eve’s Urban ATM solution provides an integrated suite of software that will enable an efficient and predictable eVTOL ecosystem”.
What About Commercial Aircraft Orders?
In our preview of the Dubai Airshow, which focused on Embraer, we suggested that the Brazilian planemaker needed to push sales of the E2 program further.
This was on the basis of the investment being made by countries in the Middle East in providing regional and neighbouring connectivity, which would have been in the Brazilian planemaker’s wheelhouse.
However, it does look to be the case that the continued focus on EVE Air Mobility has continued following it’s significant showcasing at the Paris Air Show back in June.
That being said, however, they may not have needed to secure orders at the Dubai Airshow, as their total backlog for 3Q23 rose by $500m to $17.8bn, showing good strength on the commercial front.
Like With ATR, All Eyes on Embraer for Farnborough 2024?
As mentioned in our overall recap for ATR, things look to be quite steady at the moment, which may not have warranted orders for Embraer at the Dubai Airshow.
So, in this case, the indicating factor in whether more aircraft will be added to the backlog in due course will be at Farnborough 2024, which is an airshow that they are known for unveiling orders within the space of a two-hour media briefing.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see what the rest of the year will look like for the Brazilian planemaker, especially if any orders get announced post-airshow.
All eyes will be on the planemaker to see whether anymore orders for the E2 program can be pushed going into the short-term.
As The Air Current noted in an interview with Embraer, the focus now is on becoming profitable and are now in the harvest season before any decisions are made for the future beyond 2025.
All eyes will be on the planemaker to see how this goes.
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