[News] August 29, 2023, 8:05 pm ET. By Fangzhong Guo.
Embraer has been gaining momentum in Asia this week. The Embraer E195-E2, the largest member of the E-Jet family, has been granted its Type Certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). This follows the certification of the E190-E2, which was received from CAAC in November last year during the Zhuhai Air Show.
“We’re excited to now have both the E190-E2 and E195-E2 certified by CAAC, paving the way for sales in the Chinese market,” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Our team in China is actively working with potential customers and making good progress.”
The planemaker’s CEO is also in Asia, visiting China’s neighbor, India, where he expressed interest in setting up assembly lines in China or India.
Embraer’s History in China
Embraer has a long, but small, presence in China. It first entered the Chinese market in 2000, when Sichuan Airlines acquired 5 Embraer ERJ145s. Its larger aircraft and predecessor of the E2 jets, THE Embraer E190, first flew in China commercially in 2008. According to planespotters.net data, 64 older E-Jets are in service in China — 44 E190s and 20 E195s — and another 20 E-Jets are parked. In comparison, the country has over 7000 aircraft in commercial service.
In addition to the two commercial families of jets, the Brazilian manufacturer’s executive jet, the Embraer Phenom 300, was also used in scheduled services in China. Three aircraft flew commercial service in the years before the pandemic.
An Embraer Phenom used for scheduled service by Ordos General Aviation. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fangzhong Guo)
New Embraer Final Assembly Line?
The company has hinted that large orders from Chinese customers could help underpin the development of a final assembly line in the country since March of 2023. The company had previously partnered with AVIC, producing 41 ERJ-145s and some Legacy 650 business jets…