Embraer says India needs smaller aircraft to meet traffic demand

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Hyderabad, March 9 (IANS) Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, which forecasts market of 1,000 commercial jets for the Asia Pacific region in the 150 seats segment in the coming 20 years, says India would need smaller aircraft to meet its traffic demand.

Presenting an alternative to the six major overcrowded airports of the country, Cesar Pereira vice-president Asia Pacific, Embraer said on the sidelines of the Wings India 2018 at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on Friday that bringing in more wide-bodied jets would not solve the problem.

Embraer which is known for its swanky private aircraft is eyeing 70-180 seater jet space, suitable for the “Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik” (UDAN) routes in India.

“There must be small aircraft making point-to-point flights avoiding these six hubs, which already take 60 per cent of the traffic,” he said.

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Cesar said Air India, Vistara, Indigo, SpiceJet and Jet Airways have shown keen interest in its E-175 Jets.

However, Embraer hopes that the 50 aircraft order by the grounded sub-regional airline from coastal Andhra Pradesh, Air Costa, is still valid. Cesar is hopeful that the airliner will recover soon.

Unlike other BRICS countries, India is the only country that does not have a regional fleet, Cesar added.

–IANS

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