* Sees most orders for jets seating 61-120 passengers
* Demand for jets seating 91-120 to number 505
* Company has delivered 77 of 105 firm orders to China
By Alison Leung
ZHUHAI, China, Nov 16 Embraer (EMBR3.SA)(ERJ.N),
the world's largest maker of regional aircraft, said on Tuesday
it expects total demand from China to reach 950 new regional jets
over the next 20 years.
The company made the prediction in a forecast for China,
where orders for new jets are expected to soar over the next
decade as demand for air travel booms.
It said the biggest demand would be for models seating 91-120
passengers, with orders for an estimated 505 planes over the next
20 years, according to a statement released at an airshow in the
south China city of Zhuhai.
It said China would require another 425 planes
seating 61-90 passengers over that period, while demand for
planes seating 30-60 passengers would number about 20.
Embraer has delivered a total of 77 out of 105 firm orders to
China, making it a major supplier of airplanes with up to 120
"China's booming economy fosters the development of its
regional aviation market, which generates great opportunities for
players in the aviation industry, said Guan Dongyuan, president
of Embraer China.
Embraer's pipeline of firm orders plunged 23.5 percent to
$15.3 billion in the third quarter from $20 billion a year
earlier and edged up only slightly from $15.2 billion in the
prior quarter as airlines remain hesitant about the strength of
the global economic recovery.
(Reporting by Alison Leung; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)