Long-time Embraer customer Trans States Holdings (TSH), based in St. Louis, Missouri, has placed an order with Embraer for 50 E175-E2 aircraft, plus options for a further 50, worth up to $2.4 billion at list prices if all options are converted.

TSH CEO Richard Leach described the addition of the E175-E2 as a “normal progression” for the group, which owns and operates Trans State Airlines, Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines under capacity price agreements with U.S. majors. “Embraer has been a big success for us in the past two decades,” Leach says, adding that the improved performance and cost-savings technologies of the second-generation E-jet will enhance TSH’s “ability to provide industry-leading solutions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, environmental impact and performance to our major airline customers.”

Leach could not say which partner airline the new E175-E2s might be flying for because deliveries are still far away. Deliveries are due to begin in 2020, based on the terms of the agreement. The Trans States E175-E2s will be configured with 76 seats in a dual-class configuration.

Leach emphasized the E175-E2 order is not a replacement for the group’s order for 100 Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJs), while pointing out that the E2 and MRJ have a common powerplant and deliveries of the Japanese jets are slated to start arriving in late 2016 or early 2017. Trans States has an order for 50 MRJs and 50 options.
The TSH purchase agreement for the E2s is subject to “certain conditions” and will be added to Embraer’s firm order backlog when these conditions are met.Conditions are related to bringing the aircraft to market, according to Leach.

The E175-E2 is the last of three second-generation E-jets Embraer plans to build. The manufacturer insisted here on Monday that the program is on schedule and entry into service (EIS) of the E190-E2 is expected for the first half of 2018. The E195-E2 is planned for 2019 and the E175-E2 for 2020. The design of the E190-E2 will be frozen by the end of this year, the E195-E2 is in its joint definition phase, and the conceptual studies phase of the smallest model, the E175-E2, was just concluded, said Embraer SVP and COO for commercial aviation Luis Carlos Affonso.