Embraer delivered 31 civil aircraft, including military and commercial models, in the first half of 2020, fewer than half the number of aircraft it handed over in the first six months of 2019.
The Brazilian airframer attributes its weaker first-half delivery figures to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has stifled demand for new jets and, due to travel restrictions, complicated deliveries.
“Embraer delivered fewer commercial and executive jets than in previous years in the second quarter, largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic that is affecting the world,” the company says.
The 31 jets delivered by Embraer in the first six months of 2020 included nine commercial aircraft, down from 37 one year earlier. Among the nine commercial jets were five E175s, three next-generation E190-E2s and one E195-E2, Embraer says.
The company delivered 22 executive aircraft in the first six months of 2020, including two Phenom 100s, 12 Phenom 300s, one Legacy 650, two Praetor 500s and five Praetor 600s, Embraer says.
By comparison, Embraer delivered 36 executive jets in the first half of 2019.
Embraer’s second-quarter deliveries included 17 aircraft, down from 51 in the second quarter of 2019.
The company delivered four commercial jets in the second quarter, among them two E175s and two E190-E2s, and 13 executive aircraft, including two Phenom 100s, seven Phenom 300s, one Legacy 650, one Praetor 500 and two Praetor 600s, it says.
Embraer notes that in the second quarter it delivered its 1,600th E-Jet, to Helvetic Airways. That airline also converted four on-order E190-E2s to E195-E2s in the quarter. Additionally, in the quarter Congo Airways converted a firm order for two E175s to E190-E2s.