Embraer has released its 20-year Market Outlook for the North American market in which it forecasts 2,060 new jet deliveries in the 70 to 130-seat segment.
It represents nearly 35 per cent of the total worldwide demand for aircraft in this particular segment and is valued at US$ 96 billion at list prices.
Some 47 per cent of the regionâ€™s new deliveries are expected to support market growth while 53 per cent will replace ageing aircraft that will be retiring by 2034.
â€œDespite higher growth rates in other parts of the world, our projections show the US market continuing to dominate the segment because it has such a large volume of existing 70 to 130-seat jets,â€ said Paulo Cesar Silva, president, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
â€œHowever, we foresee room for growth as network airlines look for alternatives to reduce the capacity gap between regional and mainline operations.â€
Further growth is expected as full-service carriers restructure their intra-regional hub-and-spoke operations and deploy larger-capacity regional jets with premium seating in markets traditionally flown by 50-seat jets.
The E175 has become a best-seller in its category with an 80 per cent share of net orders in North America since 2013.
Embraerâ€™s 2015 Market Outlook identifies the 90 to 130-seat jet segment as another cornerstone in a new era that is expected to deliver healthier financial results.
Favourable crew costs in a mainline carrier cost structure now make those jets an even more attractive economic alternative for domestic operations.
The aircraft provide more seats on regional routes while right-sizing capacity in markets currently served by larger narrow-body aircraft.