Moscow, Russia, December 13, 2012 – The EMBRAER 190 and the EMBRAER 195 jets have received the Type Certificates from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), also known by its Russian acronym MAK, paving the way for Russian airlines to acquire the 112 to 124-seat aircraft.
“This is a significant milestone in the program that now allows prospective customers in Russia to add E-Jets to their fleets,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We see tremendous potential in the Russian market, which has such a rich aviation history. I’m confident that these two E-Jets can bring new operating efficiencies to Russian airlines and help them succeed in a fast-growing domestic market.”
Embraer estimates that domestic airline passenger volume in Russia will grow an average of 5.6% per year over the next 20 years and that its airlines will need some 445 new aircraft with 30 to 120 seats. This represents 7% of the world demand in that capacity segment. In the 91 to 120-seat category where the E190 and the E195 are positioned, the Russian market will need about 300 new aircraft.
The E-Jets are already well established in several countries in Russia’s vicinity – Poland, Finland, Bulgaria, Estonia and the Republic of Moldova – and in CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries where Embraer has E-Jets customers in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Ukraine.
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The companies signed a contract last July for the acquisition of six E190, including an option for an additional 14 units of the same aircraft model.
Bombardier is still trying to emulate the kind of success that it experienced with the CRJ200.
Since 2004, Embraer has delivered over 900 E-Jets. Currently, 63 airlines in 43 countries choose this versatile family of four aircraft, from 70 to 120 seats.