SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- During the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11), Embraer delivered 20 jets to the commercial aviation market and eight to executive aviation. On March 31, 2011, the firm order backlog totaled US$ 16 billion, an increase of US$ 400 million over December 31, 2010.
Deliveries by Segment
The first three months of the year were marked by important Embraer sales to the commercial aviation market. In January, Dniproavia, from Ukraine, purchased ten EMBRAER 190 jets. In March, three customers made new E-Jets acquisitions: Brazil's TRIP chose four EMBRAER 190s, one of which was already included in the backlog of 4Q10 as an "undisclosed" customer; Italy's Alitalia took 15 EMBRAER 175s and five more EMBRAER 190s; and The Netherlands' KLM confirmed five options for the EMBRAER 190, announced in early April. In all, Embraer closed out the first quarter of the year with the sale of 44 new E-Jets.
The second quarter began with the announcement of two new orders from China, indicating that the market continues its recovery in 2011. The orders by CBD Leasing and Hebei Airlines will be added to the backlog, as soon as all contractual provisos have been complied with.
Furthermore, in March, the family of E-Jets operators welcomed Oman Air, from the Sultanate of Oman. On March 31, 2011, Embraer's firm order backlog for the commercial aviation segment, detailed according to product, stood as shown in the following table.
Firm Order Backlog
ERJ 145 Family
Total - ERJ 145 Family
EMBRAER 170/190 Family
Total - EMBRAER 170/190 Family
In the executive aviation segment, the Legacy 650 jet was certified in the United States, in February. That same month, Embraer began operations at the new industrial plant in Melbourne, Florida, in the United States, which will deliver Phenom jets to the North American market.
Embraer Defense and Security, which is the corporate unit established in December 2010, announced the purchase of 64.7% of the capital of the radar division of OrbiSat, in March. The R$ 28.5 million deal is an important strategic step for both companies and will strengthen the development and manufacture of monitoring and aerial defense systems on the international level. In 1Q11, Embraer Defense and Security also signed a contract with the Brazilian Air Force (Forca Aerea Brasileira – FAB) for the structural upgrading, and repair and substitution of equipment of 43 AMX fighter jets, thus complementing the modernization agreement signed in 2003, and presented the first EMB 145 AEW&C platform to the Indian government, which ordered three units to be used on surveillance missions.
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Note to Editors
Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil's leading exporters. Embraer's headquarters are located in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On March 31, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,253 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.0 billion.
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