- May 26, 2011, 5:10 AM
China’s Harbin Embraer Aircraft has delivered the last serial-production Embraer ERJ 145 ever built to Tianjin Airlines. Also the 41st ERJ 145 produced in Harbin since the first airplane rolled out of the factory in December 2003, the airplane landed at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on April 26 following a ferry flight from the site of Embraer’s 50-50 joint venture with Avic subsidiary Harbin Aircraft. All told, Embraer built 890 ERJ 145-series jets since the first production example left the original assembly site in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, in December 1996. Last month Embraer and Avic planned to begin the process of re-tooling the factory in Harbin to build Legacy 600/650s. Embraer had long awaited approval by Chinese authorities to build E190s at the plant for the Chinese market, but a new framework agreement signed in April instead calls for a far easier transition to the ERJ-design-based Legacy.