Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA, the world's fourth-biggest aircraft maker, said it's in discussions with Japan Airlines Corp. for an order of as many as 10 regional jets.
Winning the order, worth as much as $330 million at list prices, will help Embraer break into the Japanese market for smaller aircraft that's dominated by rival Bombardier Inc. An order from Asia's largest carrier by sales will boost Embraer's bid to increase the Asia-Pacific region's contribution to its total sales to 14 percent in 20 years from 8 percent currently.
''The number of aircraft and timing of introduction are not fixed, but we are thinking of introducing them in time for the expansion of slots,'' Stephen Pearlman, spokesman at Japan Airlines, said in an e-mailed reply to Bloomberg News queries late yesterday.
EvilForce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
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Quoting Centrair (Reply 1): So JL is going for the E170 or E190. Interesting move as JL has been pretty darn loyal to Bombardier (parts made in Japan...NGO). Wonder who would operate them, mainline or J-Air?
The article goes on to say:
Japan Airlines has said the regional jets would be operated by its J-Air domestic subsidiary, which already has 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s in its fleet.