Harbin Embraer’s ERJ deliveries may be extended beyond 2010

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Embraer today assured that production at its Chinese joint venture (JV) Harbin Embraer has not ceased, although delivery of ERJ-145s to Grand China Express may be extended beyond 2010.

The Brazilian airframer yesterday revealed that negotiations are underway concerning the pace at which Hainan Airlines' regional subsidiary Grand China Express will take ERJ-145 regional jets.

Three ERJ-145s earmarked for delivery to Grand China Express during the third quarter were not delivered "due to a reduction in the growth of its fleet, and new delivery dates and quantities", said Embraer.

At that point, the impact on Harbin Embraer - which produces the ERJ-145 - was not immediately clear. However, Embraer executive VP - airline market Mauro Kern confirmed today that production at the Harbin Embraer facilities "has not ceased at all".

Kern says: "Grand China Express requested to slow down deliveries, in order to reduce the growth rate of the ERJ-145 fleet. The JV is in the process of negotiating a new delivery schedule with Grand China Express, which has not yet come to a final decision."

He says that while the ERJ-145 firm order - which covers 50 aircraft - is expected to remain unchanged, there could be "a possible extension of the delivery stream beyond 2010".

Ten ERJ-145s of the original 50-strong order have already been delivered with 40 remaining. Kern reiterates that there is no change to the Embraer 190 delivery schedule for Grand China Express.