Embraer has released its Malaysia report, which has shown that regional jets can transform regional connectivity in the area, enabling the opening of 100 new routes. The report also identifies the need for 150 aircraft of 150 seats over the next 20 years in the country.

Regional aircraft of this size will complement larger aircraft, and enhance the viability of new and existing routes. This includes the boosting of direct connectivity within Peninsula Malaysia, as well as connectivity between cities in Peninsula Malaysia to Sabah and Sarawak.

“As travel demand recovers, we see unique opportunities for Malaysia to enhance its connectivity domestically and regionally. However, it must also make business sense for airlines,” said Raul Villaron, Asia Pacific Vice-President for Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Airlines are facing tough challenges such as higher fuel prices and an increasingly competitive operating environment, making it imperative to right-size aircraft capacity to passengers.”

Embraer’s E2 E-Jet family

Embraer’s regional jet family (the E190-E2 and E195-E2), both have attributes that enable airlines to grow their route networks. Notably it saves up to 25% per route trip, whilst maintaining seat-cost parity, increasing the competitiveness of an airline.

Regional airlines across the globe, including Bamboo Airways in Vietnam also operate E-Jets to establish routes to and from secondary and tertiary cities.