Aircraft maker predicts 100 new domestic routes

9th Sep 2022 Embraer, A global aerospace company , has issued a paper on Malaysia that highlights how regional jets can facilitate the creation of over 100 new routes across Malaysia and the area.

"As travel demand recovers, we see exceptional opportunities for Malaysia to improve its domestic and regional connectivity." However, it must also be economically viable for airlines," said Raul Villaron, vice president of Embraer Commercial Aviation for Asia-Pacific. "Airlines are confronted with difficult obstacles, such as higher fuel costs and a more competitive operating environment, making it imperative to match aircraft capacity to passenger demand."

Malaysia will need 150 new aircraft with less than 150 seats over the next 20 years, according to Embraer. Regional aircraft of this size will complement the dominant, bigger aircraft and increase the feasibility of creating new routes or boosting the frequency of existing ones. This involves the improvement of direct connections inside Peninsula Malaysia and between Peninsula Malaysian cities and Sabah and Sarawak.

Regional jets, such as Embraer's E-Jets E2 series of aircraft (the E190-E2 and E195-E2), have characteristics that allow airlines to expand their route network and drive passenger flow to their hubs, according to the manufacturer. The E2 offers up to a 25 percent lower trip cost than a new generation of narrow-body aircraft typically seen in Malaysia, while retaining seat cost parity. This will increase an airline's competitiveness.

Embraer's E-Jets have been seen at major airports all over the world. E-Jets have been used by KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways, Japan Airlines, and all major US airlines to expand their routes and feed traffic into their air hubs. Regional airlines all over the world, like Bamboo Airways in Vietnam, use E-Jets to create new routes to and from secondary and tertiary destinations.

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