Sept. 6, 2019, © Leeham Co., Nashville– Embraer is seeing interest from North American airlines in the E195-E2 despite a requirement that this would have to be operated by US mainline pilots or carriers without restrictions under some labor contract Scope Clauses, a top marketing official said yesterday.
Charlie Hills, VP of Sales and Marketing and based at the company’s US headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, declined to name names of these airlines expressing interest in the E195-E2.
The remarks were made at the annual Regional Airlines Assoc. conference in Nashville.
But it is known that low-cost carriers Spirit Air, Frontier Airlines and even Southwest Airlines have looked at the airplane. None of these has a Scope Clause in labor contracts.
Legacy carrier United Airlines also has reviewed the airplane, but its level of interest is hard to gauge. It’s restricted by Scope by size, weight, seat count and the number of airplanes it can fly through its regional partners, so the E2 would have to fly mainline. Pilot wages would be a make-or-break issue.
The first E195-E2 will be delivered Sept. 12 to Brazil’s Azul Airlines.
Hill, whose territory is North American, nevertheless sees the E195-E2 as driving global demand for the family of jets.
The E175-E2, a plane targeted for the Scope-restricted US market, may have sales in Europe and Asia, he said. Until this E2 becomes Scope-compliant, the E175-E1 will be built and sold into the US.
“There are a lot of opportunities,” he said. Embraer will leverage its incumbency and commonality to ward off new entrant Mitsubishi and the M100 SpaceJet. MITAC is a new entrant and will find it a challenge to penetrate the market, he said.
Only hours later, MITAC announced an MOU for up to 100 M100s with Mesa Airlines, an E175-E1 operator.
“It’s nice having Bombardier out of the game,” Hill said. Bombardier agreed to sell the CRJ program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is mainly interested in the global services component. Bombardier said it will cease production of the CRJ next year.
The E190-E2, which entered service in 2018, won’t be the “door-opener,” he said. This falls to the E195-E2.
Hill predicted the E195-E2 will be the best seller of the E2 family.