The first post-pandemic Embraer China Regional Aviation Forum will be held in Qingdao 7-8 November. 150 participants from home and abroad. The forum pools the wisdom and experience of the most qualified and knowledgeable people on a variety of topics ranging from regional aviation market development to successful business models and experience sharing for airlines.
As China’s civil aviation market continues to grow, fueled by rising domestic demand, the first post-pandemic Embraer China Regional Aviation Forum is returning.
Embraer will hold the 6th China Regional Aviation Forum (RAF 2023) in the city of Qingdao from 7-8 November 2023. The theme for the event is Connectivity and Differentiation – New Momentum in Regional Aviation Development.
The forum will welcome over 150 participants from the government, domestic and overseas airlines, airports, lessors, institutes, trade associations, and other related organizations. Speakers will include airlines executives, industry experts, and think tanks. The group will lead discussions on a variety of topics ranging from the global and China regional aviation market development to successful business models and experience sharing for airlines.
“Through the forum, Embraer provides a platform that pools wisdom and experience of the most qualified and knowledgeable people to discuss and debate how to expand regional networks and how to boost connectivity,” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The key is to offer efficient and rightsized aircraft to build the connectivity of China. The E2, which complements China’s indigenous products perfectly, is the perfect aircraft to do that as it will connect second & third tier cities as well as remote regions. Now that the E190-E2 and E195-E2 are both certified by CAAC, we are confident about our prospects in China, supporting growth and helping China Civil Aviation embrace a more sustainable aviation future.”
“We believe the regional market is a key driver of the future growth. There are one billion people living in China that have never taken a flight,” said Guo Qing, Managing Director and VP Commercial Aviation, Embraer China. “China Civil Aviation Authority attaches significant importance to the integration of the overall network, having trunk and regional routes more connected to feed traffic to each other. In this context, our E2 aircraft will be an efficient tool to help small and medium-sized airlines focus on the regional segment by differentiating in business model, market access, product and service offerings,” Guo added.
The China Regional Aviation Forum was previously held in Kunming, Yinchuan, Guiyang, Ordos, and Sanya. This year’s event is being jointly organized by China Aviation News and Civil Aviation Management Institute of China (CAMIC).
Embraer in China
2023 marks Embraer’s 23rd year in China. In September 2000, the first Embraer ERJ145 was delivered to Sichuan Airlines, and in May 2008, Embraer delivered its first E-Jet, an E190, to Tianjin Airlines. Today, there are 85 E-Jets flying with Tianjin Airlines, Hebei Airlines, Beibu Gulf Airlines, Colorful Guizhou Airlines in China. The E-Jet fleet played an important role in the Covid-19 period to maintain key routes and help the industry to recover.
Data shows China’s civil aviation market continues its growth, fueled by rising domestic demand. According to CAAC, in the first eight-month of 2023, China domestic passenger traffic volume reached 394.8 million, up 115 percent compared with 2022. The domestic market has already exceeded the 2019 level since April 2023 due to pent-up demand following the pandemic.
This year in August, Embraer E195-E2, the largest member of the E-Jet family, has been granted its Type Certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), which follows the certification of the E190-E2 received from CAAC in November last year, during the Zhuhai Air Show.
Embraer has also established a comprehensive after-sales service and support system in China, including authorized maintenance centers, spare parts warehouses, and complete pilot training network. It has laid a solid foundation for the new generation of E2 family to operate in China.