China's largest carrier is to receive ten Embraer E-190s on lease from China Development Bank Leasing Company (aka CDB Leasing), starting in the second half of this year. China Southern will become only the third operator of the type in the country, after Henan Airlines and Tianjin Airlines. The E-190s will be the first Embraers to join China Southern's nearly 350-strong fleet since the delivery a small fleet of ERJ-145s in 2004/5. CDB Leasing's purchase follows the signing of an MoU for the aircraft with Embraer in December 2009. China Southern intends to use the E-190s to develop new routes. The E-190 competes directly with the indigenous, Comac-developed ARJ21. Future prospects for E-190 sales in China will be greatly increased if the Government allows Harbin to build the aircraft under license in China in a joint venture with Embraer, as it previously did with the smaller ERJ-145. Locally produced E-190s would avoid import taxes, the lack of which would almost certainly put the aircraft on several Chinese carrier's shopping lists in the coming years. Embraer, Harbin, Comac and no doubt several Chinese airlines currently expecting to be obliged by the government-controlled aircraft procurement system to operate the ARJ21, will be keenly awaiting the government's decision on whether or not to allow the proposed extension of this particular Sino-Brazilian joint venture.
Tue, Jan 11 2011 3:17 PM
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