During the next six weeks Embraer will be delivering the first of its Lineage 1000 business jets to the Dubai-based Al Fahim group. The new model is derived from the Brazilian airframer’s 98- to 114-seat E190 regional jet and, offering five separate cabin compartments, is well suited to Middle Eastern customers’ appetite for plenty of space in flight.
Embraer ERJ 145 family
“World air travel should grow [at] five percent per year between 2009 to 2028,” according to forecast data released last week by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The highest growth will be in China, estimated at more than 7.5 percent per year, followed by Latin America and Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States each at 6 percent.
The FAA has given a Class 4 repair station rating to Constant Aviation of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The rating authorizes the company to work on all metal-construction aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds. Only 2 percent of all repair stations worldwide have been awarded a Class 4 rating and Constant Aviation is the first in Ohio to receive the designation.
Embraer and Aeroméxico Connect signed a long-term Parts Pool Program services contract to support their growing fleet of Embraer ERJ 145s and E190s. With this agreement, the company becomes Embraer’s largest Latin American customer in the program. The agreement covers more than 500 part numbers for Aeroméxico Connect’s ERJ 145 and E190 fleet and includes landing-gear overhauls for the ERJ 145s.
Air France subsidiary Régional last month took delivery and placed into service the first of nine 76-seat Embraer E170s on firm order. Also flying six Embraer E190s, 28 ERJ 145s, nine ERJ 135s and five Brasilia turboprops, the French airline stands as Europe’s largest Embraer operator. It also flies nine Fokker 100s and five Fokker 70s and serves 20 domestic and 26 intra-European destinations.
What motivated Embraer to announce in 2005 the formation of Embraer Executive Jets and expand with such energy into that market?
We moved into business aviation as a strategy for growth and diversification. We identified core competencies in our commercial aviation manufacturing that had a high degree of commonality and concluded that with the right focus and a dedicated team, we would be successful.
Mesa, Ariz.-based APS Emergency Maneuver Training recently started offering jet upset recovery training in full-motion simulators to teach pilots how to survive in-flight loss of control.
When Bombardier and Embraer ended mass production of their respective 50-seat jets by 2006, it appeared that the regional airline industry’s love affair with the little RJs had run its course. With most major airline scope clauses relaxed to allow 70- and even 76-seat jets in their regional partners’ fleets, demand for the less cost-effective 50-seaters had essentially evaporated.
Republic Airways and Delta Air Lines in late July reached an agreement to remove the Indianapolis-based regional airline’s final eleven 37-seat Embraer ERJ 135s from service. Original schedules called for Republic to remove the airplanes at a rate of two per month between this coming November and April next year. The revised agreement resulted in the removal of three aircraft on July 31, followed by four on August 31.
Delta Air Lines has notified Mesa Air Group that it plans to cancel its contract to fly Bombardier CRJ900s. The notice, sent August 1, marks the second attempt by Delta to remove Mesa-flown jets from its system in recent months. A federal judge in late May issued an injunction barring Delta from ending Mesa’s contract to fly ERJ 145s.