It seems that Continental Express is going for 100 Embraer ERJ 130s and pushing the orders of 100 of the ERJ 135 regional jet. The announcements were made yesterday, raising to 200 the number of jet aircraft the carrier has ordered from the Brazilian manufacturer since 1996.
The new orders comprise of the all-new 20-seat ERJ 130s and 25 of the smaller, 35-seat ERJ 135s, and include a previously undisclosed order for 25 ERJ 145s that was placed in December 1999.
All the aircraft covered in the new order are due to be delivered by 2003, by the second or third quarter of which Continental Express will be operating an all-jet fleet.
The conception of a family of regional jets for Embraer was based around the Brasilia. The first and second design, the EMB-145 and the EMB-130, were both a stretched jet version of the Brasilia, which had two Allison engines fitted under the wings. These wings were not swept back and had winglets. There was room for 20 to 50 passengers. This aircraft would have differed from the Brasilia by 25 per cent. However, wind tunnel tests proved that this design would not have fulfilled the desired performance. This configuration would have ensured a travel speed of only 740km/h at a range of 2,500km (fully loaded). A pre-set cruise speed of over 800km/h and a range of up to 3,000km were planned.
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Seeing that I support regional jets (and orders), I do believe that this would be a sparkling deal. What do you think?