Embraer’s 37-seat ERJ-135 regional jet last month won JAA approval to fly the steep approach into London City Airport. The certification marks Embraer’s first successful bid to approve an airplane for operation into the downtown airfield, where noise restrictions limit access to aircraft and pilots capable of demonstrating safe execution of its 5.5-degree glideslope.
Embraer ERJ 145 family
Last September’s merger of Brazil’s Varig with Rio Sul and Nordeste, its two regional-airline subsidiaries, has resulted in a new alignment of the operator’s 15 Embraer ERJ-145s, the only under-100-seat aircraft it currently flies.
The board of Swiss International Air Lines on February 24 accepted management’s proposal to reduce its current fleet from 131 to 111 aircraft, furlough up to 700 employees and reduce routes. The airline grounded one Airbus A321, two MD-83s and 17 regional aircraft on March 30, which also marked the beginning of the summer timetable.
Pilots of Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines planned to walk an informational picket line on March 28 at Louisville International, Ky., and Indianapolis International Airports in protest of the parent company’s plans to start a nonunionized carrier called Republic Airlines.
The FAA on Friday issued a request for comments on special conditions that would apply to Embraer’s Phenom 100 VLJ to cover “novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with aft-mounted engine fire protection.” In the request, the FAA included information about the Phenom 100’s maximum takeoff weight, one of the specifications for the jet that Embraer has not revealed publicly thus far.
Indigo originally launched its “regular and frequent” business aircraft service between Chicago Midway Airport and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey with a Falcon 20 in February 2000. On March 3 the company relaunched the service with its first 16-passenger Embraer Legacy Shuttle.
AMR has begun planning the divestiture of its American Eagle regional subsidiary amid calls for asset sales by shareholders disenchanted with the company’s recent stock market performance. Although AMR doesn’t attribute the decision directly to pressure from investors, the November 28 announcement immediately preceded a 6.9-percent jump in share price.
An FAA advisory directive issued November 28 requires operators of 624 Embraer ERJ 135s and 145s to check for cracks in their forward fuselage right side skins and repair any damage discovered. The AD comes in reaction to findings during full-scale fatigue tests by Embraer of damage that could result in rapid cabin decompression. The FAA estimates each airplane will require 60 work hours at a cost of $6,010 each.
The North Carolina Department of Labor in late November cited American Eagle for what it classifies as serious safety violations related to the death of one of its fleet service clerks at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Lufuluabo Kalonji died July 31 from blunt-force trauma to the chest after he inadvertently placed the baggage truck he operated into reverse, backed into an Embraer regional jet and became pinned in the process.
ExpressJet became the first airline to join the new Embraer Collective Inventory Planning (ECIP) program, in an effort to better manage its spare parts inventory for its fleet of 240 regional jets.
Supported by its AeroChain Web portal, ECIP monitors parts usage and guarantees automatic stock replenishment. Embraer’s U.S. support subsidiary, EACS, manages the program.