Belgium - Air Force
Embraer ERJ 145
The Embraer ERJ 145 is a twin-engined, regional jet plane with 50 seats. It has
a range of about 2500 km and a cost of ownership of about $2,500,000 per year.
Launched in 1989, as a stretched and jet-engined version of the EMB 120 Brasilia.
However by 1990, Embraer was studying a modified design which had less commonality
with the Brasilia because wind-tunnel testing had revealed that it did not meet
design objectives such as a 2500km range. A modified design was produced, but
this would have needed an unusually high undercarriage.
In late 1991, the Embraer ERJ 145 design was frozen, now with rear mounted engines.
It did keep some features from the Brasilia such as the three abreast seating (2+1).
The first flight was on August 11, 1995, with the first delivery in December,
1996, to Expressjet, then the regional division of Continental Airlines
(and spun off in 2002 as a separate company, ExpressJet Airlines, NYSE: XJT).
Expressjet, doing business as Continental Express, is by far the largest
operator with 255 of the nearly 1000 ERJ 145 in service. The second largest
operator is American Eagle with 107 ERJ 145 aircraft.
ERJ 145ER - The Standard Version
ERJ 145LR - Long Range
ERJ 145XR - Extra Long Range
The Brazilian military operates the EMB-145 under the designation C-99A.
It also operates the R-99 models A and B, which are both derived from the
EMB-145. (Note: Embraer retains the "EMB-" prefix when referring to
its military models.)
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