What Do Embraer Deliveries Promise to Pilots?

Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica, better known as Embraer (ERJ), is Brazil’s largest aerospace company. Embraer has delivered more than 5 thousand commercial aircraft around the world so far. This type of aircraft also operates in the following four major business segments: commercial aviation, defense and security, executive jets, and agricultural aircraft fields. Commercial aviation is Embraer’s largest business segment accounting for more than 50% of the company’s total sales. Well, someone has to manage these Brazilian steel birds and to raise them above the clouds, hence more than 20 thousand pilots have a license to control this type of the plane. According to the forecast released by manufacturers, over 4,200 Embraer’s commercial aircraft will supplement the currently existing fleet all over the world in 2034.

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What does this mean for pilots?

Certainly, more workplaces.

At this moment, around 20,000 pilots are able to manage the Embraer aircraft fleet worldwide. We are talking about both commercial and executive jets. At the moment there are around 4,000 undelivered orders in Embraer’s order book, while the number of demand is still growing.

In 2034 the sky will be filled with more than 7,000 Embraer aircraft. Now it is the time for the aviation industry to start preparing those 16,000 future pilots, who will take the pilot seat at ERJ cabin. In the second quarter of 2016, Embraer delivered 26 commercial and 26 executive (23 light and 3 large) jets.  In total, during the first half of 2016, the Company delivered 47 commercial jets and 49 executive jets. The manufacturer has already exceeded its own expectations set at the beginning of the year.

Why Embraer?

In the middle of the 1990s, the company launched a product line focused on small commercial planes rather than the military aircraft that had previously made up the majority of the production. It soon expanded to the production of larger regional airliners, with 70–110 seats, and smaller business jets.

ERJ constantly competes internationally with its Canadian rival Bombardier for supremacy in the regional jet market and for the title of the third largest airplane maker after the best-known Airbus and Boeing. While the aviation giants were busy battling for high-capacity aircraft in the United States and elsewhere, Embraer flew in and managed to capture 86% of the regional jet market by 2000.

Embraer has successfully identified the need for smaller-capacity, narrow-body planes that connect smaller cities to major hubs with flights in the range of 400 – 1,000 miles.

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer focuses on consumer needs and preferences and has invested a lot in research and development. Embraer, within its 45 years of operation, has always been looking for solutions how to cut the distance between people by providing modern technology, versatility, and comfort.

To achieve this goal, the company brought together more than 19 thousand employees of over 20 nationalities. The company invested $70 million in research and $320 million in development in 2014. This helped the company create a niche for itself. Embraer also designed and developed planes with 90–120 seats to satisfy the demand in a vacant market. Now over 90 airline companies in 61 countries have Embraer type of aircraft in their fleets. It is evident that pilots are more than welcome.

Prospects…

Embraer’s second generation of E-jets, known as E2, which has been designed to seat over 110 passengers, will enter service with airlines in 2017–2018. This airplane will compete directly with the smaller models in Boeing 737 series, Airbus A320neo, and Bombardier’s CSeries, which offer airplanes with a seating capacity of 120–220 passengers.

Well, if Embraer’s E2 jets live up to expectations and deliver both fuel and cost efficiency at lower prices, then Embraer is likely to establish itself as a strong contender in the future aviation world.

Source: BAA Training



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