DUBAI: Embraer sees imminent E2 order from Middle East

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Embraer could announce a key order for the new E2 series from a Middle East operator within weeks.

Mathieu Duquesnoy, Embraer’s vice president Middle East & Africa said during a Dubai air show briefing that customers in the region have shown a great deal of interest in the E2.

“We only launched the product in June but the excitement and activity that we have seen in a matter of only 4-5 months is even higher than we expected,” he says.

Duquesnoy adds that the manufacturer is likely to announce an order in “the next couple of weeks, months” for the E2.

The type is understood to be in contention by Qatar Airways for the carrier's proposed domestic operation in Saudi Arabia. It is also understood to be examining the rival Bombardier CSeries.

Launched at the Paris air show earlier this year, the three-member E2 series is based on the E-175, E-190 and E-195 platforms, but with new wings, Pratt & Whitney PW1700 or PW1900 geared turbofan engines and other enhancements. Since launch, Embraer has gained orders and commitments for 365 E2 aircraft.

Duquesnoy says that the E2 will be well suited to the Middle East, and will help to preserve its presence in the region.. It claims to have a 62% share of the regional jet market there.mThere are presently eight carriers operating 54 E-Jets in the region with orders for a further 61.

The Brazilian manufacturer predicts that over the next 20 years there will be demand for 305 E-Jets from the Middle East, driven by increasing liberalisation in the region.