United Airlines Places Firm Order for 30 Embraer 175 Jets

São José dos Campos, Brazil
United Express E175

Embraer has striked a deal with United Airlines for the sale of 30 EMBRAER 175 jets, with options for an additional 40 of the same model, taking the firm order and options to a total of up to 70 aircraft.
If all options are exercised, the combined order has an estimated value of USD 2.9 billion at current list prices.
The E175s will be operated under the United Express brand. The aircraft will be configured in a 76-seat layout. The first delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
As the leader in the 70 to 120-seat jet segment, Embraer continues to invest in the E-Jets family, which is flown by over 60 airlines from more than 40 countries. The Company has begun implementing a series of enhancements to the E175, including new wingtips, systems optimization, and aerodynamic refinements that will lower fuel burn by as much as 5%.
Longer maintenance intervals and component improvements will increase aircraft productivity and bring maintenance costs down. All of the United Airlines deliveries will include these enhancements.
More than 150 E175s are currently in service with 12 carriers around the world. The aircraft offers a 2,000 nm (3,706 km) range, short-field performance, and superior hot-and-high capability.
The partnership between Embraer and United, which is the product of the 2010 merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, started with the sale of EMB 120 Brasilia turboprops to Continental Airlines in the 1980s. Subsequently, Continental was also the ERJ 145 jet launch customer, eventually acquiring 275 jets, the largest ERJ fleet in the world.
Currently, 38 E170s are flying with United’s regional partners under the United Express brand.