Monday, April 06, 2020

Embraer eyeing Indian skies with new E2; but will it work?

The usual buzz was missing but Wings India 2020 was one of the few events that braved the coronavirus outbreak that has upended social, political, sport and business calendars across the world.

The biennial aero show sees manufacturers bring their latest offerings to one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world. The Brazilian Embraer, too, joined the show held in mid-March, with its newest aircraft-- the E195-E2.

Also called the “Profit Hunter, Embraer sees the E2 as the missing piece in Indian skies -- a regional jet aircraft.
Is it really that one aircraft that Indian airlines need? Your writer took a tour of the new bird at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad and also spoke to Embraer’s Vice President Asia-Pacific Cesar Pereira to get some answers.

Big Boys Boeing and Airbus have orders worth billions of dollars from Indian carriers but they are for medium and long-haul aircraft.
On the short-haul, or regional routes as we know them, Franco-Italian ATR and Canadian Bombardier lead the segment with their turboprop planes.

It is this segment that Embraer, which is the third-largest producer of civil aircraft after Boeing and Airbus, is eyeing.
06/04/20 Shivam Vahia/Moneycontrol
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