SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil---Embraer today announced that American Eagle has exercised six of the 31 options placed in September of 2000 when the company unveiled its choice for the 44-seat ERJ 140 regional jet and became the launch customer of that product.
The American Eagle order for the ERJ 140 now stands at 139 firm orders and 25 options. Deliveries of the aircraft will begin in August of 2001.
After detailed market studies indicated that there would be a substantial, worldwide demand for 44-seat regional jetliners, Embraer initiated in late 1999 the development of a 44-seat aircraft based on the ERJ 145. By following the same formula applied to its 37-seat brother, development of the ERJ 140 strictly adhered to the "jet family" concept.
The maiden flight of the first ERJ 140 prototype took place on June 27, 2000. After the ERJ 140 receives type certificates from Brazilian and United States aviation authorities, Embraer expects to make that aircraft available to the regional transport market on the 2nd quarter of 2001.
American Eagle Exercises Six Options of the ERJ 140