Embraer Commercial Aircraft President and CEO Paulo Cesar sees sales opportunities for 400-500 additional current generation E-Jets before the transition to the E2 family begins later this decade. To fill open production slots until then, the Brazilian manufacturer only needs to sell around 200 of the aircraft, Cesar told Aviation Week at the Farnborough Air Show.

“The Embraer 175 is selling well in the U.S. because of the scope clauses,” Cesar said. “It will be a key driver for our bridge.” Demand for the 175 is to a large extent caused by the need to replace older 70-seaters and by airlines that are retiring 50-seaters while at the same time moving up in size. Outside of the U.S., Cesar sees airlines ordering more larger aircraft such as the 190 and 195. “Europe is coming back a little bit,” he observes. In Brazil, the government is preparing a plan to support regional aviation by investing more infrastructure spending into airport development and providing incentives for airlines to serve secondary destinations.

“There seem to be specific problems in Asia,” Cesar says, with many new entrants and low-cost carriers ordering many aircraft. “Traffic may not grow at the same speed,” he predicts. But he does not see an overall bubble emerging.

Embraer has no short term plans to get back into the turboprop market. “It is a very interesting market, no doubt about it,” Cesar says. “But there are two well established players and developing an aircraft would be a big investment.” Cesar wants to “know more about these new engines that become available around 2020” and that could provide a basis for a new turboprop. He also is “not 100% convinced” that the 90-100-seat turboprop sector that ATR is aiming at is as attractive as some think. “Some airlines are also saying that would be too big.”