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Embraer Delivers 600th E-jet Produced to Lot Polish Airlines - European carrier becomes region’s largest E-Jet operator
Embraer Delivers 600th E-jet Produced to Lot Polish Airlines

 

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Embraer has reached a significant milestone, today, with the delivery of its 600th E-Jet – an EMBRAER 175 – to LOT Polish Airlines, in a ceremony held in Poland, just five years after the very first E-Jet was delivered, in March 2004. Only a few other commercial aircraft programs have achieved such high production levels in an equivalent period of time in air transportation history.

“The delivery of the 600th E-Jet is a great achievement for Embraer, and we are especially proud that it goes to one of the launch customers of this aircraft family,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “This important milestone takes place just five years after the EMBRAER 170 entered service in Europe with LOT, which is our largest E-Jet operator on that continent.”

LOT’s EMBRAER 175 is configured with a comfortable cabin layout of 82 Elite seats. The new jet will complement the airline’s existing Embraer fleet of ten EMBRAER 170s and six EMBRAER 175s. Together with six ERJ 145s, LOT is able to further expand its European route network, where it competes, in most cases, with conventional narrowbody jets. This delivery is the first of the second contract, announced in January 2008, for an order of an additional 12 EMBRAER 175 jets, plus two options and ten purchase rights.

“It’s a great honor for LOT to take part in this special achievement of our friends from Embraer, receiving the 600th E-Jet,” said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines. “We are also celebrating our 80th anniversary, as we proudly receive the new E-Jet. It is the right aircraft to achieve our strategy of network development.”

LOT was the first operator of the E-Jets family in Europe. The airline started revenue service with the EMBRAER 170 out of its Warsaw hub, in March 2004. The fleet of 16 E-Jets has achieved a consistent and respectable schedule reliability of 99.4%, as well as a sustained completion rate of 99.9%, showing the excellence of the E-Jets’ modern design, the aircraft’s high level of maturity, and LOT’s effective maintenance organization.

About LOT Polish Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in the world, connecting Poland to the rest of the world since 1929. Now, planes in LOT’s livery fly to over 50 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North America. In 2008, it carried nearly 4 million passengers. Since 2003, the airline has been a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers 17,000 flights every day to 916 airports in 160 countries, worldwide.

About the EMBRAER 170/190 Family of E-Jets
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin.

The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 – results in exceptional savings for carriers, in terms of crew training and costs of spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets is the state-of-the-art fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage design, which includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities.

The E-Jets have achieved outstanding success, with nearly 900 firm orders logged, worldwide. This proven family is helping airlines to rightsize low load factor narrowbody routes, to replace older, inefficient airplanes, and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater efficiency, and outstanding passenger comfort. For more information about Embraer’s commercial jets, visit EmbraerCommercialJets.com. To better understand the benefits of these aircraft, when substituting older jets, visit eforefficiency.com/.

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On June 30, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com.br) had a workforce of 17,237 employees – not counting the employees of its subsidiaries OGMA and HEAI – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 19.8 billion.

This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer’s businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company’s investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words “believe”, “may”, “is able”, “will be able”, “intend”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “expect” and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.

North America
Christine Manna
E: cmanna[.]embraer.com.
Cell: +1 954 383 9950
T: +1 954 359 3879
F: +1 954 359 4755

Europe, Middle East and Africa
Stéphane Guilbaud
E: sguilbaud[.]embraer.fr.
Cell: +33 6 7522 8519
T: +33 1 4938 4455
F: +33 1 4938 4456

China
Tracy Chen
E: tracy.chen[.]bjs.embraer.com.
Cell: +86 139 1018 2281
T: +86 10 6598 9988
F: +86 10 6598 9986.

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