been to an airport in the USA lately, chances are you’ve seen an E175. The 76-seat E-Jet has become more visible
after 332 of them were ordered by many of the country’s leading airline groups
in just the last three years. Republic
Airways, SkyWest, United Airlines, American Airlines and Horizon Air (which
flies the airplane for Alaska Airlines) have all added E175 to their
fleets. Those acquisitions account for
some 80% of all orders for new aircraft in the 76-seat capacity category.
It was ten
years ago today, September 18, 2006, that the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) certified the E175.
Since then, the aircraft has become the mainstay of regional airline
fleets in the USA, the world’s largest commercial air travel market.
made the E175 so successful in the USA?
It depends who you ask.
Passengers love the airplane for its spacious cabin. Airlines love the E175 because it offers a
consistent product standard across their networks with both premium and economy
cabins. They also love that it’s
extremely economical to operate.
isn’t just a success story in the USA.
Carriers in the Middle East, Asia and Europe fly the E175 and the number
of customers is growing. KLM Cityhopper,
the European airline that operates the biggest fleet of E-Jets, recently starting
adding new E175s.
later, Embraer continues to invest in the airplane. In fact, the company recently introduced
several technical improvements to
the E175 to make it even better.
Aerodynamic streamlining of exterior surfaces, distinctive new wingtips,
and optimization of some aircraft systems have reduced fuel consumption by 6.4%
compared to the original E175. That
number is even better than the 5% reduction that was originally predicted.
Burning less fuel is good for the environment and helps our
customers save money. Not bad for an
airplane that is still going strong after ten years!