* More than dozen orders worth nearly $700 mln
* Destined for India, Lithuania, Venezuela, Japan
PARIS, June 18 Brazilian planemaker Embraer
announced deals for more than a dozen of its current
passenger jets worth nearly $700 million at list prices on
Tuesday, as it filled out its order book until the
second-generation E-Jets arrive in 2018.
The contracts were dwarfed by the 365 potential orders for
the next-generation planes unveiled at the Paris Airshow on
Monday, but are key to maintaining production levels while
Embraer develops its new line-up.
Destined for India, Lithuania, Venezuela and Japan, the new
orders underscored the reach of Embraer's E-Jets to more than 65
countries, helped by leasing arrangements for upstart regional
carriers as demand slumps from major customers in Europe.
Venezuelan state airline Conviasa confirmed options for
seven E-190s in addition to its six jets in service.
Embraer also unveiled two contracts that it had booked
Japan Airlines added four more E-170 orders for a
total of 15 aircraft. India's Air Costa acquired two E-170s
through Embraer subsidiary ECC Leasing and bought an E-190.
Lithuania's Air Lituanica is also leasing an E-175 from ECC
and an E-170 from a third party.