Embraer says Chinese airline Hainan Airlines Co. will reduce by half its order for passenger jets from the Brazilian plane maker.
A spokesman for Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA says Hainan Airlines will reduce its order of Embraer ER145 passenger jets from 50 to 25. The airline has already received 12 planes.
The spokesman said Monday the planes are now expected to be delivered in 2011 instead of the end of 2010. He spoke on condition of anonymity according to departmental policy.
The jet-maker said the August 2006 sale was made through its Chinese joint venture, Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co. Ltd.
Embraer announced last week it lost $23.4 million in the first quarter of 2009.