Embraer received 86 net firm orders for commercial aircraft in 2017, almost doubling the 45 net orders it logged in 2016.
The airframer delivered 101 commercial aircraft in 2017, out of a total of 210 jet deliveries. Embraer had previously forecasted commercial deliveries of between 97 and 102 aircraft for the year. In the fourth quarter, it delivered 23 commercial aircraft and 50 executive jets.
Embraer had a firm order backlog of 435 commercial aircraft as of end-2017, or 15 fewer aircraft than at end-2016.
In 2017, Embraer saw the most order activity for its E175 and E195-E2, adding 78 and 16 firm orders respectively. US regional carrier SkyWest, with orders for 50 E175s, was the largest contributor to Embraer's backlog for the type. Additional E175 orders came from American Airlines, Belavia, Japan's Suzuyo and an undisclosed customer.
Embraer added another 16 orders for the E195-E2, although six of those appear to be conversions from the smaller E190-E2, split evenly between lessors Aircastle and AerCap.
Including the six conversions, Embraer shed 11 firm orders from its E190-E2 backlog, analysis of its order and delivery figures shows. The other five aircraft were previously allocated to Indonesia's Kalstar, which was grounded in September 2017.
Japan Airlines (JAL) dropped two E170s, reducing its backlog for the type to just one aircraft. It however added three firm orders for the E190, contributing to Embraer's net firm orders of two E190s in 2017. Nordic Aviation Capital converted one E190 to the larger E195, and KLM added two E190s. Azerbaijan Airlines cancelled two E190s, but will take two of Nordic Aviation Capital's slots instead, says Embraer.
Embraer added three net firm orders for the E195, including the conversion of one aircraft by Nordic Aviation Capital. Belavia is the customer behind the two remaining aircraft.
Story updated to clarify Azerbaijan's orders