Paris Air Show: Brazil's Embraer unveils $1.7 billion order

20th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The world's third largest planemaker, Embraer of Brazil, marked the opening of the Paris International Air Show on Monday by announcing orders worth $1.7 billion (1.19 billion euros).

The head of the firm's commercial aviation arm, Paolo Cesar De Souza E Silva, said the 39 new orders for the firm's E-jet family brought its order book for the year to date to 99 new airframes.

"It's a truly remarkable achievement, given that we've reached 1,000 orders only seven years after our first delivery," he said, referring to Embraer's series of regional jets with 70 to 120 seats.

The newest orders came from Indonesian carrier Sriwijaya, Kazakhstan's Air Astana and flag-carrier Air Kenya, he said.

© 2011 AFP

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