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United Airlines orders $2.9 billion worth planes from Embraer

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Embraer has signed a firm order with United Airlines for the sale of 30 Embraer 175 jets, with options for additional 40 more, taking the total up to 70 aircraft. The combined order has an estimated value of $2.9 billion.

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"With this order for the new enhanced E175 jet, we are delighted to reinforce and extend our long-standing partnership with United Airlines, which was the ERJ 145 launch customer back in 1996, known at that time as Continental Airlines," said Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

The partnership between Embraer and United, which is the product of the 2010 merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, started with the sale of EMB 120 Brasilia turboprops to Continental Airlines in the 1980s. Continental was also the ERJ 145 jet launch customer, eventually acquiring 275 jets, the largest ERJ fleet in the world. Currently, 38 E170s are flying with United's regional partners under the United Express brand.

The E175s will be operated under the United Express brand. The aircraft will be configured in a 76-seat layout. The first delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.

"At United, we are focused on modernizing our fleet, and we look forward to introducing the E175 to our United Express service. Compared to the 50-seat aircraft we are replacing, these aircraft provide a superior customer experience and are more fuel efficient," said Jim Compton, United's vice chairman and chief revenue officer.

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