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Embraer Expects Post-Pandemic Travel Boom to Boost Regional Jets

An Embraer SA E195-E2 aircraft at the Wings India 2022 Air Show in Hyderabad, India.

An Embraer SA E195-E2 aircraft at the Wings India 2022 Air Show in Hyderabad, India.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Embraer SA expects the recent surge in travel to drive demand for regional jets as airlines look to tap new avenues of growth and replace older planes with more fuel-efficient aircraft.

The planemaker is currently in discussions with potential customers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia for its E2 range of models, Arjan Meijer, the chief executive officer of Embraer’s commercial aircraft unit, said in an interview in Doha. Meijer declined to comment on the size of any potential orders but said that Embraer expects to deliver between 60 and 70 E-jets this year, up from fewer than 50 in 2020 and 2021.