Recent news indicates that the landscape of EMB 170 and EMB 190 opportunities is changing.
Many companies that have traditionally relied on Embraer aircraft are changing the composition of their fleets. Some are selecting the latest Embraer models (E2s), while others are choosing different aircraft types altogether.
Today, we’ll take a look at which airlines are shaking things up. We’ll also give you a heads-up on all the latest EMB 190 opportunities that could help you take the next step in your career.
Which airlines are phasing out EMB 170 and EMB 190 E1 aircraft?
These are the airlines traditionally reliant on EMB aircraft that have announced plans to change their fleet compositions within the coming years:
- Azul: Brazilian budget carrier Azul is aiming to phase out all Embraer E1 jets by 2022, replacing them with a new fleet of Embraer E2 aircraft. The fleet currently comprises nine EMB 190s and 54 EMB 195s, with an average age of 9.5 and 5.8 years respectively.
- jetBlue Airways: US budget carrier jetBlue Airways has confirmed plans to replace all 60 of its EMB 190 aircraft. While newer Embraer models are on the table as potential replacements, the airline will give equal consideration to Airbus and Bombardier aircraft.
- Flybe: The largest independent regional airline in Europe, UK-based Flybe, has announced that it’s set to replace all of its EMB 195 aircraft by 2020. The company operates 83 aircraft in total and is yet to reveal its future fleet composition intentions.
Why are airlines gravitating towards other aircraft?
Each airline has its own individual reasons for switching to other aircraft, and choosing now as the time to make a change.
However, most of these airlines are making a change based on one or more of the following factors:
- Lower cost of ownership
- Improved fuel efficiency
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Increased revenue-generation potential
How do these trends open up more EMB 190 opportunities?
Despite increasing numbers of airlines choosing different types of aircraft over the EMB 195 and other older Embraer models, the skills needed to fly and crew these aircraft will be in demand for some time yet.
Certain airlines are keeping hold of these aircraft for their own specific reasons (e.g. they’re more cost-effective or better suited within specific markets). And some airlines are simply updating to newer Embraer models with a similar composition.
Pilots and crew will undoubtedly look to follow the market, re-train and ply their trade in other types of aircraft. However, those who remain are likely to see their skills grow in demand, at least in the short/medium-term.
What opportunities are out there today?
Here’s a selection of the unmissable EMB 190 opportunities we’re hiring for today:
- Embraer E190 Captain role with European private charter airline
- Embraer E190 First Officer role with TUI Belgium
- B1 and/or B2 Licensed Aircraft Engineer (EMB 170/190 approval) role with a prestigious UK-based company