Sao Paulo - Embraer delivered the first E175-SC to SkyWest Airlines. The model is a new version of the first-generation E175, but with a special configuration of 70 seats, which is not a typical 76-seater.
The launch of the new regional jet option was announced by the South American manufacturer in September 2017, when the St. George (Utah)-based regional carrier SkyWest Airlines signed an agreement to acquire 14 aircraft.
SkyWest is an airline that works only with partners being responsible for the operational part of the feet, while the partners deal with the marketing and sales of the flights.
For this reason, the ordered E175-SC will be operated in the colors of Delta Connection, the Delta Airlines' regional subsidiary.
Last September, Embraer's North America marketing and sales director Charlie Hillis stated that the company was in talks with other airlines about the E175-SC. But for the time being, SkyWest is the only customer of the new version.
Hillis had also stated that there is a good market for the E175-SC.
We believe there is a great opportunity in the 70-seat segment. Today there are over 300, 70-seater aircraft in North America. Many are old and need to be replaced. We have the perfect tool for that,the Embraer executive said last September.
The new E175-SC is also seen as a replacement for the E170, the smallest jet in the Embraer family of E-Jets, which will not be continued in the next E2 generation. In addition, the SC model can be converted to the 76-seater version.
The E175-SC's main competitor in the 70-seat North American market is Bombardier's CRJ700. The Canadian jet is the leader of this category in the US, with 264 units in operation, against Embraer's 60 E170 jets.
SkyWest has taken delivery of our first E175 SC this past weekend!— SkyWest Airlines (@SkyWestAirlines) March 13, 2018
N262SY is part of the 45 aircraft announced in the fall of 2017. The E175 SCs are configured in a 70-seat layout & will be operating as Delta Connection.
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