is expanding its widely accepted family of regional aircraft,
offering new options for airline operators. Embraer now serves
the airline market with aircraft optimized for a wide array
of seating capacities. Joining the 37-seat ERJ 135 and 50-seat
ERJ 145 regional jets are several new programs that were initiated
in 1999 to meet specific market requirements.
New Jet Family
Responding to requests for larger regional jets, Embraer launched
a new jet family: the ERJ 170, ERJ 190-100, and ERJ 190-200,
which provide seating for 70, 98, and 108 passengers respectively.
Europe’s largest regional carrier, Switzerland’s Crossair,
became the launch customer for the ERJ 170/190 programs.
ERJ 170/190 jetliners will deliver increased passenger comfort
and storage space. For example, a four-seat layout eliminates
the center seat disliked by most passengers, facilitates passenger
access, and reduces time for boarding/unboarding. The highly
functional design of the new aircraft also provides simplicity
of operation, low maintenance costs, and high reliability.
By using its advanced design and engineering systems, Embraer
plans to put the first ERJ 170 aircraft into service in 2002
— a record for regional jet development.