Industry Embraer delivers 1,500th E-Jet to Horizon Air

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Aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced, that it has delivered the 1,500th E-Jet to operator Horizon Air.

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The Brazilian manufacturer celebrated the delivery with a small ceremony. It marks an important milestone, as the E-Jet family is the most crucial product for the company. Customer of the 1,500th E-Jet is Seattle-based Horizon Air.

Embraer´s E-Jet family has had a significant impact on the aviation landscape. 1,500 aircraft in the 70 to 130 seats segment are flying in worldwide markets. Especially the North American aviation market has seen many E-Jet delivered over the past years. In total, 435 E-Jets were delivered to airlines in North America since 2013. This represents 80% of all orders in this seat segment.

Accumulated, the E-Jet fleet has recently surpassed the 25 million flight hour milestone. More than 18 million flight cycles have been performed whit an average mission completion rate of 99.9%. This number shows the reliability of the jet family.

Initially, Embraer launched the E-Jet family in 2004 with LOT Polish Airlines. It comprises three main aircraft, the E170, E175 and the E190 + E195. In 2013, the manufacturer announced it will introduce a new generation of the E-Jet family, the E-2. As it stands, four E190-E2s have been already delivered, with the first E195-E2 to enter service in 2019 with Azul. The first E175-E2 is expected to be delivered in 2020.

John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation said: “Delivering our 1,500th E-Jet is no small feat. Over the years we have continuously worked to outperform in order to offer our customers the best solution for their business models, and the E-Jet family’s success in the market is proof of that effort and thought process within the Company.”

Horizon Air, the customer to receive the 1,500th E-Jet aircraft, is a wholly-owned subsidiary airline of Alaska Air. The regional carrier configured its E175s with 12 seats in first class, 12 in premium class and 52 in economy class. By the end of 2018, Horizon Air will operate a fleet of 26 E175s. In 2019, the carrier expects to receive four more aircraft.

“Celebrating this special milestone with such an esteemed airline operator is an incredible honour, and partnerships like these inspire us to continuously propel our vision of building the best, most efficient aircraft to greater heights,” Slattery added.

Gary Beck, Horizon Air president added: “We’re thrilled to have more than doubled the number of E175s in our fleet over the past year [...] Since introducing them in 2017, the Embraer jets have been a huge hit with our guests flying to and from our West Coast hubs and focus cities."

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