Embraer’s Asia woes

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Embraer plans to deliver 29% fewer commercial aircraft this year with airlines in Asia one of the main reasons behind the shortfall.

The Brazilian aircraft-maker earlier today told Flight’s online news service ATI that only 115 commercial aircraft would be delivered this year compared to last year’s 162.

Asia was a bright spot for Embraer commercial aircraft prior to the global economic meltdown.

Last year Embraer had aircraft orders in place from Fuji Dream Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL) and Virgin Blue plus GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) had succeeded in placing Embraer regional jets with airlines in the region such as PB Air, Paramount Airways and SkyAirworld.

But now the situation has changed.

JAL  and Fuji Dream still appear to be on track to receive Embraer aircraft on order as planned.

But Hainan Airlines has been delaying taking delivery of Embraer ERJ-145s and Virgin Blue has delayed taking delivery of some Embraer 190s until 2010/2011.

SkyAirWorld, meanwhile, has grounded three of its five Embraer aircraft and is negotiating with GECAS for the early return of these and PB Air is seriously looking at replacing its ERJ-145s with ATR 72-500s.

Asia has traditionally been a growth market, but the events of the past few months show how things can quickly change.

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