American Airlines will configure its Embraer 175s with 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra and 44 Main Cabin seats, providing a total of 76 seats per aircraft. Delivery of the first Embraer 175 from the order for 60 is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.

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Among the new services are year-round daily flights to Jacksonville in Florida and Richmond in Virginia. Delta Air Lines will also offer new service from Boston to Las Vegas.

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Delta’s new service to SEA from San Francisco and increased service from Los Angeles will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines, with the exception of one daily mainline flight from Los Angeles. Delta’s increased Las Vegas-Seattle service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines.

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Embraer has delivered the 1,000th E-Jet production aircraft, an Embraer 175 which the manufacturer handed over to Republic Airlines at the manufacturer’s final-assembly line at São José dos Campos in Brazil. Republic Airlines will operate the Embraer 175 on behalf of American Eagle.

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Delta Air Lines is launching hourly, non-stop Delta Shuttle service between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports on September 3. The Delta Shuttle services on the Los Angeles-San Francisco route will offer 14 daily round-trips and a service product tailored to business travelers.

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At the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, Embraer has announced four deals for its current E-Jets family.

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SkyWest, Inc. has placed a firm order for 40 Embraer 175 aircraft, which one or both of its subsidiary regional carriers will operate for the United Express network. Additionally, SkyWest has agreed a reconfirmable order for another 60 Embraer 175s and has also taken options on another 100 Embraer 175s, taking its total potential order up to 200.

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United Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 Embraer 175 jets and optioned 40 more, potentially taking United’s firm order to a total of 70 aircraft. If United Airlines exercises all 40 options, the order has an estimated value of $2.9 billion at current list prices, according to Embraer.

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The order follows the signing of a 12-year capacity purchase deal between American Airlines and Republic Airways Holdings for the regional-airline holding company to acquire 53 Embraer 175 jets, all branded with the newly revealed American Eagle livery and operated by Republic Airlines.

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Ireland-based leasing company Aldus Aviation Limited has placed a firm order for five Embraer 175 and 15 Embraer 190 commercial jets. The contract also includes purchase rights for 15 additional aircraft of any Embraer E-Jets family model.

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Each aircraft will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats. This order brings the total number of aircraft in Fuji Dream Airlines’ all-Embraer E-Jets fleet to eight.

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Belavia’s first Embraer 175, which the carrier is leasing from Air Lease Corporation of Los Angeles, will operate on European routes from Minsk National Airport. The second Embraer 175 is scheduled for delivery later this year.

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If ratified, a new tentative agreement between Delta Air Lines and its pilot union will allow Delta to acquire up to 70 more two-class, 76-seat regional jets as well as the 88 Boeing 717s that Delta has agreed in principle to sublease from Southwest Airlines.

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With the expansion of in-flight Internet across its Airbus A320-family and Embraer 190 fleets, US Airways will have 90 per cent of its mainline domestic fleet equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access. The service will also be expanded to US Airways Express Embraer 170 and 175 jets operated by Republic Airlines.

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The national flag carrier of Estonia has ordered three Embraer 175s and one Embraer 190, and is taking four Embraer 170s and four additional Embraer 190s under a combination of lease agreements with Finnair and leasing companies.

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Minsk, Belarus-based Belavia will become a new Embraer E-Jet operator in agreeing to lease two Embraer 175s from Air Lease Corporation as part of a fleet-renewal initiative to replace smaller-capacity equipment and older, larger capacity aircraft.

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US Airways and its regional-airline partners have completed installing domestic First Class cabins in 110 US Airways Express regional jets, with the U.S. major carrier also upgrading its service product elsewhere throughout its mainline fleet and airport lounges.

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Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corporation has grabbed headlines on the first day of the 2011 Paris Airshow by revealing orders and commitments for up to 110 commercial jets, including up to 50 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft, 12 other Airbus airliners, up to 33 Boeing jetliners and 15 Embraer E-Jets.

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Embraer says delivery of the new E-Jets is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2011. The 88-seat Embraer 175s and the 100-seat Embraer 190s will be configured in single-class layouts.

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