Embraer withdraws orders for E2 jets from Congo Airways

Manufacturer saw its order backlog drop to 312 commercial aircraft in Q2. New deal with Porter Airlines announced in Farnborough not yet included

Embraer withdrew orders for four E2 jets that it had placed with state-owned airline Congo Airways. The change had already taken place in the first quarter, however, without the details being revealed, as in the second quarter deliveries and orders report, released on Monday.

Congo Airways had placed a first order for two E175s with two call options in 2019. The following year, however, the company amended the deal, replacing the E175 with the larger E190-E2, and in 2021, exercised the call option for the E195-E2.

However, as ADN showed in April, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has decided to launch a new national airline, Air Congo in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, which is expected to provide 737 and 787 jets.

The E2 line currently has 221 firm orders, in addition to 20 announced by Porter Airlines in Farnborough, but which have not yet been officially launched.

By June, Embraer had 55 new generation aircraft, 38 of which were E195-E2 and 17 E190-E2. As a result, there are 166 jets pending delivery.

SkyWest E175 with Alaska livery (Embraer)

11 more deliveries in the 2nd quarter

In mid-2022, Embraer delivered just 17 commercial aircraft, 11 of them in the 2nd quarter. The result is only better than in 2020 when she delivered nine jets amid the beginning of the pandemic.

The Brazilian manufacturer reached a symbolic milestone by reaching 2,000 firm orders from the first and second generation E-Jets families. The highlight is the E175, an aircraft that stands out for meeting the scope clause of US airlines.

The up to 76-seat jet has 848 firm orders, with eight new planes ordered by Alaska Air.

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