Bankrupt Air Canada last month signed a pair of MOUs that call for a split order for 90 airplanes from Bombardier of Canada and Embraer of Brazil. The transactions, which would include firm orders for 15 Bombardier CRJ200s, 30 CRJ700s and 45 Embraer 190s, remain subject to Air Canada’s ability to attract $4 billion in new investment upon emerging from bankruptcy protection.
The largest member of Embraer’s 170/190 family of single-aisle commercial jets–the 108-seat Embraer 195–took to the air for the first time on December 7 from the company’s production center in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The first prototype–a two-seat-row stretch of the 100-seat Embraer 190–validated systems operation and flight characteristics during its one-hour-and-56-minute mission.
Embraer has named Elliott Aviation an authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and 300. The agreement includes routine inspections, scheduled and unscheduled airframe, engine, avionics and other systems maintenance and repairs. The company has facilities in Moline, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; and Omaha, Neb.
The European Union’s new emissions trading requirements for aviation could be imposed on a much larger group of business aircraft than has been anticipated. According to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the European Commission (EC) intends to extend emission trading to all aircraft weighing more than 5,700 kg (12,566 pounds).
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.
Republic Airlines will fly 17 seventy-six-seat Embraer E170s as Frontier Jet Express under a new code-share contract meant to replace and expand service now performed by Seattle-based Horizon Air with Bombardier CRJ700s. The 11-year contract calls for the first aircraft to enter service next month and the last in December 2008. Horizon’s contract with Frontier expires in December.
Brazilian airframer Embraer reported that it delivered 27 executive and corporate shuttle versions of its Legacy 600 last year, more than double the 13 aircraft shipped in 2004 and seven more than delivered in 2005. Legacy 600 deliveries have grown steadily since Embraer handed over the first three aircraft to customers in 2000.
At a ceremony today, Embraer president and CEO Mauricio Botehlo and senior vice president Luis Carlos Affonso pulled the wraps off full-scale mockups of the company’s very light and light jets to reveal their names–the Phenom 100 and 300, respectively. Yesterday, Embraer disclosed it had selected the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system for the airplanes, both of which will be certified for single-pilot operations.
Failure of the left engine was a factor in the November 8 crash of an Embraer EMB-110P1 shortly after takeoff from Manchester Airport in New Hampshire, according to the NTSB. The sole-occupant pilot was seriously injured when the cargo-carrying turboprop twin, N7810Q, hit a Wal-Mart department store’s garden center.
Embraer is extending the $2.75 million introductory price to May 31 for the Phenom 100, its offering in the growing very light jet segment. The price of the eight-seat, 1,160-nm (four occupants) Phenom 100 increases to $2.85 million on June 1. First flight is scheduled for the first quarter of next year, with entry into service expected in mid-2008.