American Airlines has closed another small firm order for E175 jets with Embraer. According to the manufacturer, the new agreement provides for four aircraft of the model that will be operated by the regional subsidiary Envoy Air.
The US carrier had already closed a deal for seven E175s in June and now has 112 firm orders for the 76-seat jet.
The total number of aircraft in its fleet, however, is expected to exceed 150 by the end of 2024 as American uses planes from other companies.
“These new jets will allow us to continue growing with American Airlines. We’re pleased to announce these additional four aircraft, following the order announced in June, as the US domestic and regional markets recover from a very challenging few years. The E175 allows us to provide an excellent and reliable service to American Airlines and the thousands of guests we serve everyday”, said Pedro Fábregas, President & CEO of Envoy.
“This new order demonstrates once more the importance of the E175 to connectivity across the United States, and is another sign that the challenges the market has been facing are improving,” said Martyn Holmes, CCO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The E175 is the backbone of the US regional network, with over 620 aircraft sold, and 86% market share since 2013. We thank American Airlines and Envoy for their long partnership with Embraer.”
The E175 is Embraer’s most successful commercial aircraft, with more than 800 units on order. It debuted in North America in 2005 with an unbeatable configuration for US regional airlines, which are prohibited from operating planes with more than 76 seats and a maximum takeoff weight of 46 tons.
In 2023, Embraer had 16 E175s ordered so far, 11 by American Airlines and five by Air Peace, from Nigeria. But it also lost orders: Republic Airways, one of the jet’s biggest customers, cut three planes from its contract.