Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer said its backlog of firm orders rose to the highest level since 2009 during the second quarter, indicating a rise in demand for regional jets.
Embraer's backlog totaled $17.1 billion at the end of the second quarter, a $3.8 billion increase over the first quarter of the year.
The company delivered 22 commercial aircraft and 29 executive jets for the second quarter, bringing its delivery total to 80 for the first half of 2013.
Utah-based regional carrier SkyWest Airlines was confirmed as the launch customer for Embraer's next generation of E-Jets, the E2, during the second quarter. The carrier placed an order for 100 firm aircraft, plus 100 options of the E2 model.
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