|Alaska Air Embraer E175. Photo: Embraer
[Avionics Today 04-13-2016] Embraer and Horizon Air have signed a firm order for 30 E175 jets. The contract, which also includes options for another 33 aircraft of the same model, is valued at $2.8 billion if all the options are exercised, based on current list prices.
Embraer will begin deliveries in the second quarter of 2017 and the aircraft will fly exclusively for Alaska Airlines. The E175 is not new for Alaska customers, who may have flown on the regional plane in 16 markets operated by Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) partner SkyWest Airlines.
With this contract, Embraer has sold 332 E175s to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80 percent of all orders in this class, according to the company. The E175s for Horizon Air will feature aerodynamic enhancements introduced by Embraer in 2014, such as new wingtips and other technical improvements that reduce fuel burn.