Embraer’s new China market outlook predicts regional aircraft to lead the way in post-pandemic era

Embraer will reveal its latest outlook for the Chinese commercial aviation market at the Zhuhai Airshow today, September 28, the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. The report predicts new aircraft deliveries over the next 20 years based on passenger demand for air travel in the post-pandemic era. Embraer forecasts that 1,445 new aircraft in the up-to-150-seat category will be needed in the region through 2040. Among those deliveries 77% will fulfill market growth, and 23% will replace ageing aircraft.

“During the pandemic, small and medium-sized aircraft and regional flights were instrumental in the quick recovery of connectivity in China. Our E-Jets were among the first aircraft types to restore flight frequencies across airline networks,” said Guo Qing, Managing Director and Vice President Commercial Aviation, Embraer China. “In the post-pandemic era, building a more efficient air transport system is of vital importance. The market calls for a more balanced fleet profile and route network structure to serve more secondary markets. That’s why we believe for the next 20 years, aircraft with up to 150 seats will fully release its potential.”

The Chinese government recently announced a series of infrastructure developments that includes around 200 new airports to encourage and promote industrial relocation. The importance of regional aircraft continues to increase after COVID-19, playing a key role in launching new services to these airports and developing demand.

Currently, there are 91 E-Jets in operation in China, flying across 550 routes, connecting 150 cities at home and abroad. They transport some 20 million passengers annually, connecting regional and trunk routes in the east, north, northwest, and southwest of China.

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