Embraer announced yesterday at the show that it has signed a contract with Germany’s Lufthansa for 30 firm orders of its E-190 regional jets, with an option to take any member of the family. The firm orders are valued at $1 billion, which could rise to $2.76bn if all options are exercised.

In another agreement announced yesterday, the Brazilian aircraft maker has signed a deal with Japan Airlines (JAL) to deliver ten E-170 jets, with options to acquire another five, as part of JAL’s restructuring plan and rightsizing strategy. The first of the single-class aircraft order is slated for delivery in 2008.

Mauro Kern, who has replaced Frederico Curado as Embraer’s executive vice president airline market, says: “We had 29 different airlines choosing our E-jets at the end of 2006. Now we have 35.”

Source: Flight Daily News