Brazilian Embraer's newest aircraft E195-E2 parks in an airport in Paris, France, June 21, 2019. (File photo: IC)
Brazilian Embraer's newest aircraft E195-E2 with a "TechLion" outfit has made its first stop in China's southeastern city Xiamen since kicking off its global demo tour on Monday.
The "TechLion" is by far the largest aircraft manufactured by Embraer, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers. It's capable of carrying more than 100 passengers at the same time.
John Slattery, CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, says "TechLion" can be delivered in a double-cabin layout with 120 seats or a single-cabin layout with 146 seats, which will bring a huge impact towards China's airline market under 150 seats.
Guan Dongyuan, Senior Vice President of Embraer and President of Embraer China, says the passenger volume of China Civil Aviation continued to grow at a double-digit rate in 2018, thanks to the growing demand from the country's second and third-tier cities. In addition, China has introduced a series of favorable policies to support airline development.
"We're proud to keep pace with the growing industry, leading the regional market here with a nearly 70% share. Today, eight airlines operate 105 Embraer commercial aircraft in Greater China and Mongolia, which laid a solid foundation for adding the E2s to the market" said Guan.
Earlier in April, the aircraft has received type certification from global major regulatory authorities, including the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency, US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency. The new aircraft will be put into service in Brazil's Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. in the second half of this year.
Since Embraer was founded in 1969, it has delivered over 8,000 aircraft in the global market.