SAO PAULO Jan 17 Brazilian planemaker Embraer
SA said on Thursday that Irish leasing company Aldus
Aviation Limited had ordered 20 regional E-Jets, revealing the
buyer that helped boost its backlog for the first time in a
The value of the deal could rise to $1.56 billion if Aldus
exercises its option to acquire an additional 15 aircraft in the
E-Jet family, Embraer said in a securities filing.
The manufacturer had already booked the firm order for 15
E-190 and five E-175 planes at the end of 2012, raising hopes
that it can keep up production levels in 2013.
Aldus Aviation leases Embraer aircraft to clients in Europe,
the Middle East, Latin America and the South Pacific.
Embraer's order backlog, a pipeline of future revenue, grew
to $12.5 billion at the end of December. Three months earlier,
the backlog had fallen to $12.4 billion, its lowest in more than
six years, leading some analysts to conclude that the company
may have to cut output this year.