São José dos Campos, May 11, 2007 – Embraer
delivered its first Embraer 190 jet to Taipei-based Mandarin Airlines. The company
has acquired eight E-Jets, as the core aircraft of its fleet, especially for
domestic and short-haul intra-regional markets.
Mandarin’s E-Jets will be operated under leases with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) and will come from the existing GECAS backlog. The total order includes deliveries of another seven jets, Embraer 190 or Embraer 195.
The Embraer 190 delivered today has a single-class configuration consisting of 104 seats with a 31-inch pitch (79 cm). In addition to replacing its older fleet of jets, the carrier will use the E-Jets to develop markets throughout Asia.
Along with its increasing Asia-Pacific sales, Embraer is significantly expanding its local product support network by establishing a spare parts logistics center and a full flight simulator in the region. Plans include new trade agreements and the involvement of industry service providers, which will allow the Company to offer outstanding training and replacement parts for the growing number of customers.
On 31-Mar-07, Embraer had logged 630 firm orders and 558 options for the E-Jets, totaling 1,188 aircraft to 32 customers worldwide.