Embraer delivered a total of 181 jets in 2018, 90 of which were commercial aircraft, falling within its outlook range for the year.
The deliveries for the commercial aviation market were within the outlook ranges for the year of 85 to 95, while the business aviation market deliveries (91) fell below the 105 to 125 outlook.
As of 31 December, the firm order backlog totalled 368 aircraft, or US$16.3 billion.
During the fourth quarter, Embraer confirmed commercial jet sales following agreements established at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2019.
Republic Airways signed a firm order for 100 E175 jets in a contract that also includes purchase rights for an additional 100 E175s, with conversion rights to the E175-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 200 E-Jets.
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras confirmed the firm order for a previously announced 21 E195-E2 jets. The contract is in addition to the 30 E195-E2 jets ordered by the airline in 2015, raising Azul’s total order to 51 Embraer E2 aircraft. Azul is the launch operator of the E195-E2 and will receive the first aircraft in 2019.
Finalising the expected deals from the airshow, Embraer signed a firm order contract for three E190 aircraft with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), and unveiled that Binter Canarias will receive its first E195-E2 jet in the second half of 2019. The airline signed a firm order with Embraer for three E195-E2s with purchase rights for two additional aircraft of the same type.
Embraer also announced in the last quarter that American Airlines signed a firm order for 15 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration, as well as the signing of a contract with the Government of Kiribati, in partnership with their national airline Air Kiribati, for two firm orders of the E190-E2 E-Jets and two purchase rights for the same model. Embraer also recently unveiled an additional order from SkyWest for nine E175 jets which was included in the last quarter backlog.
In the fourth quarter, the Services and Support segment also secured multi-year contracts. Air Peace in Nigeria signed a multi-year Pool Program Agreement for spare parts and support for its six ERJ145 jets, Trans States Airlines confirmed a contract to implement the Embraer Collaborative Inventory Planning program, and a Flight Hour Pool Program agreement was signed with Western Air, from the Bahamas, to provide repairable component support for the carrier’s fleet of ERJ-145 aircraft.
In the business aviation market, Embraer launched the new Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets – the Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019.
Embraer Defense & Security saw its KC-390 granted the Type Certificate from Brazilian aviation authority, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC).