Wed, Dec 14, 2005
Air Canada has
announced it has received its first Embraer 190, becoming the first
airline in North America to receive two different E-Jet models. Air
Canada also currently operates 13 smaller Embraer 175s.
According to Embraer, eventually the carrier will fly as many as
45 of the larger 190s, which will feature seating for 93 passengers
in two classes -- 20 more than the 175s. The airline is expected to
receive its last 175 in January 2006.
"Air Canada honored us in December 2003 signing a commercial
proposal to acquire the Embraer 190, a commitment which later was
extended to include the purchase of 15 Embraer 175s," said
Frederico Fleury Curado, Executive Vice-President, Airline
"Having these two E-Jet types -- the 73-seat Embraer 175 and the
93-seat Embraer 190 -- will allow Air Canada to significantly
increase its operational flexibility, tailoring aircraft size to
market demand without the typical training and logistical
transition costs," Curado added.
As both aircraft use similar systems, it is expected Air
Canada's flight crew members will transition from one model to the
other primarily through self-instruction. The use of the common
computer-based training for the Embraer 170/190 reduces the amount
of ground training necessary and eliminates additional use of
flight simulators, according to Embraer.
The Embraer 170/190 family of aircraft began operations in North
America and Europe in March of 2004, with over 100 aircraft
delivered worldwide to date. As of September 2005, Embraer had
logged 427 firm orders for the regional airliners, with another 383
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