Against all odds

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Embraer ERJ145’s first flight. Bernie Baldwin charts the jet’s fascinating history and examines how it revived the Brazilian manufacturer.

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Régional has operated 21 examples of the ERJ145 and two ERJ135s on behalf of Air France Hop. This example, F-HRGD (c/n 145369), was briefly leased from Regourd Aviation.
AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM/ MATTHIEU DOUHAIRE

When the Embraer EMB 145 first took to the in August 1995, the regional jet era entered a captivating new phase which completely changed the fortunes of the Brazilian firm and the wider industry. There would most likely be no E-Jets and certainly no tie-up with Boeing had it not been for the success of the family, that later became known – and is hereon referred to – as the Embraer Regional Jet (ERJ).

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