Industry Embraer announces deliveries for 2020

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced the delivery numbers for the past year.

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For the fourth quarter of 2020, Embraer announced that it has delivered 71 aircraft to customers around the world. Of these, 28 aircraft were commercial and 43 were executive jets (23 light and 20 large business jets).

These number lead to a total of 130 aircraft delivered in the past year. Customers took delivery of 44 commercial aircraft and 86 executive jets (56 light and 30 large). This represents a decrease in delivery numbers of nearly 35% compared to 2019, when the manufacturer delivered nearly 200 jets.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic played the major role in these developments. At times, the facility at Sao Jose dos Campos needed to be cleared to keep new infections at bay. This prevented the workers from building new aircraft and the manufacturer from testing and delivering these aircraft.

In the fourth quarter however, deliveries accelerated again relative to the three previous quarters. As of December 31, 2020, the firm order backlog totalled 14.4 billion USD.

Highlights of the year in the general aviation division was the first delivery of the Praetor 600 to U.S.-American operator Flexjet, who also was the launch customer for the aircraft type. Moreover, the business united was able to announce a strategic partnership with Porsche, which resulted in a limited-edition Phenom 300E and Porsche 911 TurboS car pairing.

Recently, the manufacturer announced that it has performed the first completion and delivery of an European converted Legacy 450 to a Praetor 500 for an undisclosed customer. The conversion was performed at the manufacturer´s Executive Jets Service Center at Leg Bourget International Airport in Paris.

In the commercial aviation division, Embraer delivered the first E195-E2 to Belarusian national air carrier Belavia. Additionally, Congo Airways placed a firm order for two E195-E2 jets in addition to their two E190-E2 aircraft ordered previously.

For the upcoming year, it is expected, that deliveries will be accelerating even more. More and more governments are expected to be lifting their travel restrictions in the coming months, as vaccines are more accessible.

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