Operators in North America will be placing the lion’s share of 70-130 seat aircraft over the next 20 years, according to the latest predictions from Embraer. In publishing its 20-year Market Outlook yesterday (May 12), the Brazilian jet maker predicted that the region would take delivery of 2,060 new aircraft up to 2034, accounting for 35 per cent of global deliveries – a three per cent increase in market share from last year’s report. The OEM estimates that the North American market will be worth some $96bn over the next 20 years and that 47 per cent of the new aircraft be in support of fleet growth. Embraer sees growth as being driven by airlines introducing larger aircraft to service routes traditionally flown by 50-seat jets, but also states that 90 to 130 seat jets will be a “cornerstone in a new era”. These jets, it says, offer attractive economics by providing more seats on regional routes and “right-sizing capacity” in markets served by larger narrow-body aircraft.