SAO PAULO Dec 1 Brazilian planemaker Embraer
said on Thursday it has revised its initial
projection of certification and entry into service of the E175
E2 jet from 2020 to 2021.
The rescheduling is partly based on continued interest in
the current generation E175 jet in the North American market,
the company said in a statement.
But it also reflects recent negotiations between U.S.
airlines and pilot unions that left unchanged the maximum
takeoff weight restrictions for 76-seat aircraft in the relevant
"The next round of negotiations between the major U.S.
airlines and their respective pilot unions is scheduled to occur
in 2019, at which time such restrictions may be revisited,"
Pilot unions are negotiating to keep the scope clause in
labor contracts that restricts planes heavier than 86,000 pounds
(39,009 kg) and with more than 76 seats from being flown on
regional routes. This effectively protects well-paid pilot jobs
as it prevents carriers from using bigger planes.
Refusal of pilots to approve heavier regional jets is a
problem for Embraer's E175 E2 and Mitsubishi's MRJ90 jet, slated
for delivery in mid-2018, which both exceed the current weight
The expected timeframes of certification and entry into
service for other Embraer models in the same family of aircraft,
the E190 E2 and the E195 E2, remained unchanged and should take
place in the first half of 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Embraer said its order backlog for aircraft in the E2 family
also remains unchanged, with 272 firm orders and 275 options.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle, editing by G Crosse)