Embraer and SkyWest have signed a firm order for an additional 19 E175s jets.
The aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Delta Air Lines. The transaction will be included in Embraer’s 2015 fourth-quarter backlog. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected for the third-quarter of 2016.
“We thank SkyWest for the continuous trust in Embraer and its products,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “This partnership has been very successful and we look forward to it continuing for many, many years.”
All the E175s will be configured in a dual class 76-seat layout, equipped with 12 First Class seats, 20 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 44 Main Cabin seats, and will operate under the Delta Connection brand.
“We remain impressed with Embraer’s E175 product and are pleased to advance our Delta partnership with these aircraft,” said Chip Childs, SkyWest, Inc. President.
The E175s feature a new wingtip that, among other technical enhancements, improves aerodynamic performance. Fuel consumption on a typical flight is 6.4% lower than first-generation E175s. In North America, the E175 is the preferred aircraft of carriers operating 76-seat jets. Since 2013, the E175 has captured over 80% of orders among aircraft in its class from airlines in the United States.
Embraer is the only manufacturer to develop a modern family of four airplanes specifically targeted for the 70- to 130-seat segment. Since the formal launch of the program in 1999, the E-Jets have redefined the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications. The first E-Jet entered revenue service in 2004.