January 10 Embraer confirmed the sale of ten Embraer 190s to CDB Leasing Co., Ltd. (CLC), of China. The jets will be operated by China Southern, the country’s largest airline, and the third in the world. The aircraft will be used to develop new markets, and the first delivery is expected for the second half of 2011.
The deal is within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Embraer and CLC, in December 2009. The Embraer 190 went into operation in the Chinese market in 2008. Today, 80 aircraft produced by Embraer are in service in China, including the 70- to 122-seat E-Jets, the 37- to 50-seat ERJ 145 regional jet family, and the Legacy 600 executive jet. With this new order, 29 Embraer 190s will be delivered to China in the coming years.