In August 11th, 1995, exactly 10 years ago, the ERJ took to the skies for the first of many successful times.
With over 900 jets delivered, more than 7 million accumulated logged hours, and safely transporting over 150 thousand passangers everyday around the globe, the ERJ has proven itself as more than a reliable aircraft, but also a very safe and excellent platform as well.
Today, the ERJ family comprises of the ERJ-145, -140, and -135. But there is also the Embraer Legacy, a business aircraft offered in two versions that is based on the ERJ-135.
On the military area, the EMB 145 AEW&C (Early Warning and Control), the P-99 (maritime patrol/Anti-Surface/Submarine warfare), the EMB 145 RS
/AGS (Reconnaissance and Surveillance).
These variations are in service today with the Brazilian, Mexican, Greek (NATO) Air Forces. The Legacy is also in use with the Belgium ir Force for Official transport.
Embraer has 67 firm orders for the ERJ plus 228 option in their backlog.
Embraer recently inaugurated a new testing facility in the town of with a new 5km runway. They are currently in a re-forestation project in the new facility which is already well ahead of schedule.
Embraer also have an ERJ assembly facility in Harbin, China since 2003.
And today, Embraer announced that is close to reaching a deal with China Eastern Airlines for 5 more ERJs... one little nice birthday present!
And now that Embraer moves on with the E-Series, I wish them the best and hope to see them expanding even more!
Congratulations to everyone at Embraer for the excellent job done!!!
PS: For some reason, I cannot post any pictures today. I'll try to post in a reply.
[Edited 2005-08-11 23:55:27]