Embraer (EMB, São José dos Campos) has confirmed it is in talks with several Indian airlines over the sale of E175 aircraft.

The Brazilian manufacturer's Vice President (Sales & Marketing - Asia Pacific), Cesar Pereira, told the Press Trust of India news agency that among those being courted over their interest in the Regional Jet are IndiGo Airlines, SpiceJet, Air India, Jet Airways, and Vistara. Currently, the bulk of Indian airlines' regional fleets are composed primarily of Bombardier and Avions de Transport Régional turboprop aircraft with the now dormant Air Costa (LEP, Vijayawada) having been the E170's only Indian operator before it moved to E190s.

"[The Regional Connectivity scheme] RCS is an excellent programme to bring more passengers to the system," he said. "But some airlines look at long-term sustainability. They may fly for three years, but what after that? We know that IndiGo decided to go for ATRs. SpiceJet has their Dash 8-400s. So we are talking to all airlines to unlock the opportunity with the E175."

According to Pereira, despite its inactivity, Air Costa still has an order for twenty-five E190-E2s and twenty-five E195-E2s with an option to purchase another 50 jets, still on Embraer's books.

The ch-aviation fleets module shows that there are multiple operators of Embraer Regional Jets in India including business and military variants. They include Air One Aviation, the Border Security Force, India Fly Safe Aviation, the Indian Air Force, Kalyan Jewellers, Karnavati Aviation, Krishnapatnam Port Company, Larsen & Toubro, Reliance Industries, and Turbo Aviation.