On March 8, Embraer Commercial Aviation marks a milestone in its E-Jets production program – the 10-year anniversary of the first aircraft deliveries.
LOT Polish Airlines and US Airways each received an Embraer 170 on March 8, 2004, becoming the first two customers to take delivery of Embraer E-Jets.
US Airways was the launch customer of the E-Jet in the United States. LOT Polish Airlines was the first airline to operate a commercial E-Jet flight, when the aircraft flew between Warsaw and Vienna on March 17, 2004.
“E-Jets revolutionized the market for medium-sized jets by incorporating a more spacious cabin for greater passenger comfort, and by making it versatile for operators to optimally manage their fleets,” says Paulo Cesar Silva, president & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
“Over these 10 years, we have continuously worked to improve the E-Jet family by perfecting its performance and reducing operating costs,” adds Silva. “This ensures that our customers have the best product in the up to 130-seat jet category and some of the best operational support services in the industry.”
Embraer is the only manufacturer to have developed a family of four modern aircraft specifically for the 70-to-130-seat capacity segment. Rival Bombardier Aerospace uses two commercial-jet families to cover the segment (and a bit beyond): the CRJ Series, now comprising four models, seating from 70 to 100 passengers; and the CSeries family, which to date has two models which together seat from 110 to 160 passengers.
Since the formal launch of the E-Jets program in 1999, Embraer E-Jets have redefined the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating for airlines which have other business models, according to the Brazilian manufacturer. Today, E-Jets are flying with mainline carriers, low-cost carriers, regional airlines and scheduled tour companies.
In September 2013, Embraer delivered its 1,000th E-Jet. The Embraer 175 was delivered to Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc. of the U.S.
During 2013, also, the worldwide E-Jets fleet surpassed 10 million flight hours over the life of the program, during which the fleet had carried some 540 million passengers.
According to Embraer, the average mission completion rate for the Embraer E-Jets fleet is 99.9 per cent and the global E-Jets fleet has logged more than 7 million flight cycles.
E-Jets operators have access to a strategically located worldwide customer support and services network of 37 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service centers, 12 of which are authorized by Embraer and 25 which are independent.
Today Embraer E-Jets command a 50 per cent share of orders and a 62 per cent share of deliveries in the 70-to-130-seat jet segment, according to Embraer. E-Jets are operated by 65 airline companies in 45 countries.
In June 2013, the manufacturer launched the Embraer E-Jets E2 family, the second generation of the E-Jets family. The first Embraer E-Jet E2 is scheduled for customer delivery in 2018.