(Yicai Global) Nov. 14 -- Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, is working on another type certification in China after its medium-range jet received such authorization with a promising growth outlook in small cities.
The company's largest model, the E195-E2, is also expected to be approved in China soon, the Sao Paulo-headquartered firm said in a statement on its WeChat account recently. The single-aisle E190-E2, which has a capacity of up to 114 passengers, was given the airworthiness certificate last week.
Embraer predicts the Chinese market for aircraft smaller than 150 seats has significant potential, according to its outlook report released during the recent China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai. The market will require 1,445 such planes by 2041, it added.
"The E190-E2 will see more business opportunities in China," Arjan Meijer, chief executive of Embraer Commercial Aviation, said in a press release. The two models complement China's domestically developed ARJ21 and C919 aircraft to connect more second and third-tier cities.
The E190-E2, which entered service in 2018, has reasonable operating costs and can take off and land at airports with high altitudes or short runways. The E195-E2 has a maximum capacity of 146 passengers.
In the post-pandemic era, people and logistics will turn more regional, and Chinese travelers will become more geographically dispersed, which should promote the civil aviation industry in non-first-tier cities, The Paper reported earlier, citing Guo Qing, president of Embraer China.
The Brazilian firm is eyeing new segments as on March 7, Embraer said it will enter the cargo market by modifying the two above-mentioned models.
Embraer's cargo project has a long-term vision as a large number of China's passenger aircraft is expected to be converted into cargo aircraft and operate for another 15 to 20 years after retiring from passenger use in the next 15 years or so, Guo said.
The majority of China's narrow-body aircraft belong to the Boeing 737-300F class, and currently, there are no other replacement options than the E190 and E195 cargo planes, Guo added.
Editor: Emmi Laine, Xiao Yi