Brazilian manufacturer Embraer delivered 169 jets in 2007, marking a record year for the manufacturer and meeting its expectations for 165-170 aircraft deliveries over the full calendar year.
Embraer’s 2007 delivery total, which marks a 30% year-on-year improvement, comprises 130 commercial aircraft, 35 for the executive sector and four under defence and Government contracts.
The Brazilian manufacturer says this performance marks its highest number of annual deliveries, while its year-end firm order backlog totalled $18.8 billion.
The corporate version of the ERJ-135, the Legacy 600, accounted for all the executive segment deliveries, while the defence and Government deliveries comprised a single ERJ-145, a Legacy 600 and two E190s.
Embraer says: “During 2007, the company sought to adapt its industrial processes to the delivery schedule established with customers.
“Such actions as hiring new employees, implementing a third shift for some of the production processes, and adopting a lean manufacturing concept for the industrial processes, allied with the determination of all employees, led the company to a 30% increase in the number of deliveries over the previous year.”
The manufacturer’s year-end order backlog stood at 476 aircraft, including 46 ERJ-145s and a total of 430 E-Jets – 31 E-170s, 70 E-175s, 282 E190s and 47 E195s.
Embraer delivered 61 aircraft during the fourth quarter, comprising 45 for the commercial segment, 14 executive jets and two defence and Government aircraft.
It also increased its E-170/190 backlog, with orders for two E-170s from Japanese firm Suzuyo, 11 E-190s from El Salvador carrier TACA and five E-190s from Saudi Arabia’s NAS Air.
Virgin Nigeria also placed a 10-strong order, comprising seven E-170s and three E-190s, and US-based Republic Airways confirmed 11 E-175 options.
Source: flightglobal.com's sister premium news site Air Transport Intelligence news