Embraer sees itself maintaining its leadership position in the 100-seat aircraft market with the launch of the E-Jet E2, says executive Paulo Cesar Silva.
"We believe we are well positioned to keep our leadership of the market for 70 to 120 seats," says the president and chief executive of Embraer Commercial Aviation at the Paris air show on 18 June. He views Bombardier, Comac, Mitsubishi and Sukhoi as the next generation E-Jets' biggest competitors.
Bombardier is developing the 110- to 160-seat CSeries family, Comac the 78-seat ARJ21, Mitsubishi the 70- to 90-seat MRJ family and Sukhoi the 95-seat Superjet 100.
Embraer's E-190/195 represents a little more than 45% of the in-service passenger fleet of 90- to 110-seat Western-built aircraft (including the SSJ100), Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows.
The Brazilian airframer's new E2 family will include a stretched 80-seat E-175, 97-seat E-190 and also stretched 118-seat E-195 with entry-into-service of the E-190 E2 slated for the second half of 2018. The aircraft was launched at Paris on 17 June.
Cesar emphasises the fact that Embraer offers a family of aircraft where many of its competitors are offering only one or two variants initially, and its global sales and support network that it built up along with the growth of the E-Jet E1 family.
Any comparison with the Airbus A319neo or the Boeing 737 Max 7 - the former was presented alongside the E-190 E2 at the launch - was simply to demonstrate to airlines that the new E-Jets could provide greater efficiency with a smaller airframe on thinner routes, says Cesar.
The E2 will complement the Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies, especially for airlines trying to right size capacity on various routes, he adds.
Embraer is talking to virtually "all" airlines and lessors regarding additional orders for the E2, says Cesar. The initial 365 orders and commitments were achieved in just two months while other interested buyers were unable to move before Paris, he explains.
US regional carrier SkyWest Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) launched the E2 at Paris. SkyWest announced 100 firm and 100 purchase rights for the E-175 E2, and ILFC a letter of intent (LOI) for 50 firm E-190 E2s and E-195 E2s split equally between the two and 50 options also split equally between the two variants.
Embraer also has LOIs for 65 E2s from five unnamed customers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Cesar declines to comment specifically on talks with Air Canada, JetBlue Airways or US Airways regarding E2 orders, all of which are large operators of the E-190 E1 in North America.