Embraer announced today, at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, that it has signed a contract with United Airlines for 20 Embraer 175s and purchase options for another 19, continuing its regional fleet replacement.

The order has a value of $1.9 billion based on Embraer’s current list prices. Deliveries are expected to begin during the second quarter of 2020.

The E175s will be configured with 70 seats and used to replace older aircraft operated at United Express regional affiliates such as ExpressJet Airlines, Mesa Airlines and SkyWest Airlines.

United Orders 39 E175s

Replacement of old aircraft is a requirement for United, who can only have up to 255 with 70-76 seats in its regional fleet due to a contract with the pilots. It currently operates with CRJ700s, E170s, and E175s which together totaled that number at the end of March.

“With this contract, we have the opportunity to continue serving United’s fleet with our class-leading E175 platform,” said Charlie Hillis, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

“Embraer’s dedication to finding solutions that meet our customer’s needs is the primary reason we continue to outperform in this market segment.”

“The E175, operated by our regional partners, has proven to be an important part of our fleet as we continue to grow our mainline airline and provide an enhanced customer experience,” said Gerry Laderman, Chief Financial Officer of United Airlines. “As we focus on providing our customers the utmost comfort and convenience, we will rely on aircraft like the E175 to help us achieve our goal of delivering the best experience in the sky.”

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