US Airways takes first Embraer E190s

 - January 23, 2007, 11:03 AM

US Airways expects to launch Embraer E190 service from Philadelphia this month, marking the first application of the Brazilian narrowbody in mainline service in the U.S. Plans call for the dual-class, 99-seat jets to link Philadelphia with Hartford, Conn.; Boston; Dallas; Providence, R.I.; and Manchester, N.H.

The airline took delivery of the first two of 25 airplanes on firm order last month during a ceremony held at Charlotte (N.C.) Douglas International Airport. It also holds options on another 32 airplanes. An agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association and Association of Flight Attendants calls for the airplanes to operate with the mainline, resulting in the recall of 30 furloughed pilots and triggering plans to bring back another 60 pilots this year.

US Airways became the launch customer for the Embraer E-Jet line when it placed the first production E170s with its now defunct MidAtlantic Airways subsidiary in 2004. US Airways transferred all 32 of MidAtlantic’s E170s to Indianapolis-based Republic Airways as part of a $110 million sale that saw Republic also take control of 113 commuter slots at Ronald Reagan Washington National and New York La Guardia Airports last year. Republic plans to begin taking delivery of the third E-Jet variant to enter the US Airways system, the 76-seat E175, later this year.