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An ExpressJet E145. The regional carrier's contract with United Airlines is being terminated. (Photo: Timothy Powaleny via Creative Commons)

United Nixes Long-Time ExpressJet Regional Contract

United Airlines and ExpressJet, a regional airline that operates under the United Express brand, have announced that United is dropping its contract with ExpressJet by the end of 2020, per an internal ExpressJet email to employees obtained by AirlineGeeks. “As you may be aware, United made a strategic decision to retain only one [Embraer] ERJ145 United Express operator for 2021. Unfortunately, we have just been told that United intends to go forward with CommutAir as its sole operator of the…

U.S. Court Authorizes Aeroméxico to Return 19 Leased Aircraft

According to Financial Post, a U.S. judge has granted Mexican airline Aeroméxico the right to return at least 19 leased aircraft and 4 engines as part of its bankruptcy restructuring process, according to court documents published on Thursday. The aircraft that will be returned are five Boeing 737-800, five Boeing…

Time to Rebuild: Embraer Commercial Aviation Appoints New CEO

In the aftermath of the failed joint venture with Boeing, the industry was expecting management moves within Embraer Commercial Aviation. One of these steps finally arrived Monday when the Brazilian builder announced that Arjan Meijer is appointed as the division's new CEO, effective immediately, reporting to Francisco Gomes Neto, Embraer…

Potential International Partnerships Arise For Embraer After Boeing Fallout

Brazilian planemaker Embraer confirmed Monday that it has entered talks with at least two potential new partners after its previous deal with American manufacturing giant Boeing fell through. Embraer CEO Francisco Gomes Neto said that his company is negotiating with companies in China, India and “others.” The Chinese state-owned manufacturer…

Evanescent Embraer: The E190’s Quickly Fading Presence in North America

One of the fallouts of the recent few months has been the rapid acceleration of retirements of aircraft that airlines believed were going to withstand a few more years. Peel back the emotional retirements like McDonnell-Douglas MD-80s and Boeing 747s and you will find some other noteworthy names fading into…

Azul Postpones 59 Embraer E195-E2 Deliveries to 2024

Azul, Brazil's third-largest airline, announced today it had reached an agreement with Embraer to postpone the delivery of 59 Embraer E195-E2s it planned to receive between 2020 and 2023. By the amended deal, these jets will be delivered starting from 2024 only. This deal comes as another measure taken by…

Looking Forward: Embraer’s Uncertainty Continues Weeks After Boeing Fallout

Last month it was reported that the deal between Boeing and Embraer had fallen apart.  It wasn’t a tiny agreement, but rather a huge joint venture worth over $4 billion. The venture was a strategic play by Boeing and Embraer to compete against Airbus in the small aircraft market after…

African Express Airways Embraer 120 Crashes in Somalia

A Kenyan-registered aircraft belonging to African Express Airways with registration 5Y-AXO crashed as it was approaching the Bardale Airstrip in Somalia on at around 4 p.m. on Monday. The aircraft was reportedly carrying six passengers aboard including two Kenyan pilots, a trainee pilot, a flight engineer and two other airline…

Boeing-Embraer Deal is Officially Terminated

In an official statement released this morning, Boeing has announced that it is terminating the efforts to establish a joint venture with Brazilian builder Embraer, after denouncing the latter has not met the conditions for consolidation in due time. Both companies started formal talks about a joint venture regarding the…

Embraer to Resume Critical Operations

Embraer is resuming critical operations in an effort to maintain its production lines and is also diverting efforts to assist the Brazilian government in the production of parts for respirators to combat COVID-19. During the temporary plant shutdown period, customer support, aircraft maintenance, and manufacturing were defined as essential roles…