Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has witnessed substantial aircraft delivery growth in Q3, turning over 43 jets in this quarter alone.
This article explore the key highlights of Embraer’s achievements for the quarter and the year to date, noting the regional manufacturer’s impressive growth, expanding backlogs, and significant orders.
Commercial Aviation has been a standout performer for Embraer in Q3 2023. The company witnessed a 50% increase in deliveries compared to the same period in 2022, with a total of 15 aircraft being delivered.
Embraer’s success is not limited to the commercial sector. In the realm of Executive Aviation, the company has also displayed substantial growth.
In Q3 2023, they delivered a total of 28 jets, comprising 19 light and 9 medium aircraft. This accomplishment represents a 22% increase compared to Q3 2022, showcasing Embraer’s dedication to both commercial and executive markets.
Embraer’s Executive Aviation division boasts a robust backlog of US$4.3 billion, with a book-to-bill ratio of 1.5:1.
This highlights the division’s impressive sales and delivery volumes. Embraer continues to experience high demand across its entire product portfolio, catering to both retail and fleet markets.
Embraer’s exceptional performance in Q3 is not an isolated event. Year-to-date, they have delivered a staggering total of 105 aircraft in 2023, consisting of 39 commercial aircraft and 66 executive jets. This figure marks a remarkable 33% increase compared to the same period in the previous year.
Embraer’s firm order backlog is another indicator of their thriving business. At the end of the quarter, it stood at an impressive US$17.8 billion, signifying a US$500 million increase compared to the previous quarter.
This backlog level is the highest Embraer has seen in the past year, reflecting the trust and demand for their aircraft.
Key Partnerships and Orders
Embraer’s success is further bolstered by significant partnerships and orders in Q3 2023:
SkyWest, a prominent airline, placed an order for 19 new E175 jets to expand its operations within the United Airlines network.
These 70-seat aircraft will be delivered with a three-class configuration, starting in Q4 2024. This expansion underscores the faith that key players in the aviation industry have in Embraer’s products.
Luxair, the Luxembourg-based airline, made a substantial order of four E195-E2s, which includes purchase options and purchase rights for additional E2 jets.
This agreement also allows for conversion rights for the E190-E2, catering to Luxair’s specific needs. The first delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2025.
Air Peace, West Africa’s largest airline, placed a firm order in Q3 for five Embraer E175 jets, set to be delivered starting in 2024.
This decision reflects Embraer’s growing presence in West Africa and the reliability of their aircraft.
Binter, another regional airline, placed a firm order for six Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. This strategic move will increase Binter’s E2 fleet to a total of 16 jets upon delivery.
The deal, announced in June 2023, adds to the growing success of Embraer’s E2 series.
American Airlines’ Expansion
American Airlines recently signed a firm order for four new E175s, which will be part of Embraer’s Q4 2023 backlog.
These aircraft will be operated by American’s subsidiary, Envoy Air, and are set to be delivered in Q4 2024. This expansion will significantly boost Envoy Air’s all-E-Jet fleet.
Innovation and Sustainability
Embraer’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is evident in their recent developments:
The introduction of the Phenom 100EX, the company’s latest evolution, promises superior cabin comfort, operational versatility, and safety-enhanced pilot-centric avionics. These features offer passengers the ultimate flying experience.
The announcement of the autothrottle feature for the Phenom 300E enhances its appeal. In August, the Phenom 300 series became the most-flown business jet in the United States, surpassing 2 million flight hours.
In a significant step towards sustainability, Embraer successfully tested the Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 on 100% neat sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). These tests provide valuable insights into the performance of their systems when using blends of up to 100% SAF.
Embraer is further investing in training capacity, with the deployment of two new Phenom 300 full-flight simulators. These additions will ensure that pilots receive top-notch training and enhance their skills.
Services & Support
Embraer’s Services & Support division is also experiencing remarkable success, with a backlog reaching US$2.8 billion in Q3.
This represents the highest backlog volume ever recorded in this business unit, demonstrating its importance in Embraer’s growth strategy.
Embraer’s reach extends beyond aircraft manufacturing:
They have signed Pool Program agreements with Marathon Airlines (Greece), Royal Jordanian Airlines (Jordan), Scoot (Singapore), and Sky High (Dominican Republic). These agreements provide essential exchange and repair services for various repairable components.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SIA Engineering Corporation (SIAEP) signifies an expansion of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for Embraer’s E2 jet family in the Asia-Pacific region. This move aligns with the growing fleet in this area.
Defense & Security Milestones
Embraer’s influence in the Defense & Security sector continues to grow:
The Portuguese Air Force’s KC-390, delivered in NATO configuration, has entered into service. This marks a significant milestone as the first KC-390 to be in operation outside Brazil. Four more aircraft are set to be delivered to the Portuguese Air Force.
Austria and the Czech Republic have selected the C-390 Millennium as their new tactical military transport aircraft. These choices, along with the Netherlands’ earlier selection of the C-390, strengthen the aircraft’s position as a preferred solution in NATO countries.
Negotiations with the Netherlands, Austria, and the Czech Republic represent significant potential for Embraer Defense & Security in the coming quarters. The C-390 has garnered interest from numerous countries worldwide, including India and South Korea.
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