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Embraer showcases its renowned family of commercial jets EMBRAER 170/190 at its booth in the Australian International Air Show 2003. The event, one of the most important in the industry in the Australia/South Pacific region, is held at the Avalon Airport, Geelong, Victoria from February 11-16. Main players from around the world including operators, manufacturers, regulatory agencies and government authorities are expected to attend.
“The Australian market is very specially considered by Embraer in terms of potential for the EMBRAER 170/190 family,” said Luiz Fuchs, Managing Director/Chief Representative - Embraer/Asia Pacific. “By tailoring seat capacity to market demand, the economics of EMBRAER 170/190 family beat that of mainline jets – with the additional benefits of improved cabin comfort levels and ample baggage/freight space. Designed for short runway operation and critical approaches, the EMBRAER 170 is unbeatable also in terms of fleet management flexibility. One can’t find similar features anywhere in the 70-110 seat segment.”

Embraer’s unique aircraft family design philosophy secures around 90 percent parts and systems commonality for the EMBRAER 170/190 family, as well as same crew type-rating. In addition to all the advantages of family commonality, the EMBRAER 170/190 family aircraft offer excellent performance, higher payloads for lower basic operating weights, higher dispatch reliability, low direct operating costs and a long service life. All of this results in some of the best cost-benefit ratios in the industry.

EMBRAER 170 Program Status

The EMBRAER 170 program is proceeding at a steady pace towards certification. The flight tests will be completed with the certification of the EMBRAER 170 by mid-2003, followed by the first delivery to Switzerland’s Swiss International Air Lines, which is the launch customer for that model.

The sixth pre-series EMBRAER 170 aircraft completed its maiden flight from São José dos Campos Airport, marking the beginning of the final stages in the intense certification program for the new EMBRAER 170 aircraft. Until very recently aircraft S/N 0006 had been dedicated exclusively to ground tests, High-Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) and direct/indirect lightning effects. All tests were successfully completed.

On January 8, 2003 Embraer announced that the EMBRAER 170 has successfully completed its most important phase of the static structural testing campaign, which is about to be concluded with only minor complementary tests left to perform. At Embraer’s facility, the fuselage, wing, landing gear attachments, engine pylons and vertical stabilizer have been tested up to limit and ultimate load conditions. Other sections also passed the static test campaign with flying colors at various risk-sharing partner’s facilities. The static structural tests will be fully completed by February, 2003.

EMBRAER 170/190 – The New Family of Commercial Jets

Embraer has launched and is currently developing an entirely new family of aircraft. Specifically designed for the commercial market, the new line is composed of the EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 jetliners – seating respectively 70, 78, 98 and 108 passengers in a four-abreast (2+2) configuration at a generous 32-inch pitch.

Six pre-series EMBRAER 170 aircraft, the first model of the company’s new family of commercial jets, are part of an intense development and certification program. The maiden flight occurred on February 19, 2002 – only 32 months after the official launch of the EMBRAER 170/190 program in June 1999.

Embraer expects its new family of commercial jets will gain a significant share of the growing market for aircraft in the 60-120 seat range – mainly due to their superior performance, exceptional cabin comfort and low operating costs. They are designed to provide all the advantages of larger jets: capability for dedicated premium-class seating, two forward and two aft doors, forward and aft galleys and lavatories, a spacious cabin with ample overhead and under-seat stowage space, and large forward and aft cargo compartments for baggage and freight.

Currently the EMBRAER 170/190 family has 118 firm orders and 208 purchase options from SWISS, Air Caraibes, Alitalia and General Electric Capital Services - GECAS (one of the largest aircraft leasing companies in the world.) Other announced transactions, currently in final contractual negotiations, are with India’s Jet Airways (10 firm orders and 10 options for the EMBRAER 175) and Poland’s flag carrier LOT (10 firm orders and 11 options for the EMBRAER 170/190/195).

Taken from www.embraer.com



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