FAA Certifies Embraer's ERJ 145 XR and ExpressJet Airlines takes delivery of its first 8 units.

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Following the issuance by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of aircraft type certificate for the Embraer ERJ 145 XR, deliveries began immediately to Houston-based ExpressJet Airlines. The FAA decision came shortly after CTA (Centro Técnico Aeroespacial, the Brazilian certification authority) granted a similar approval.
With extra-long range capability indicated by the acronym XR and fitted with winglets, the new aircraft joins the ERJ family as the latest model of the 145 line. It is equipped with the enhanced 8,110lb-thrust AE 3007A1E turbofan, that offers a 7 percent increase in takeoff thrust and up to a 14 percent increase in climb thrust over existing AE 3007A1 models, allowing up to a 29 percent increase in range over current ERJ 145 aircraft.

The auxiliary fuel tank allows a range of up to 2,000 nautical miles (3,600 km) and a maximum cruise speed of .8 Mach (460 knots or 852 km/h.) The increased range of the ERJ 145 XR will allow ExpressJet to fly new routes such as Oklahoma City to Newark (the only non-stop service from that city to the New York area) and Houston to Villahermosa, Mexico. Other new routes with the XR will be Omaha to Newark and Richmond (Virginia) to Houston. Service between Houston and Palm Springs (California) and also from Newark to Daytona Beach are scheduled for the new ERJ 145 XRs.

ExpressJet, the launch customer for the ERJ 145 XR, will take delivery of the first 18 aircraft this year and will begin service with the new model in early November. ExpressJet holds a total of 104 firm orders and 100 purchase options for the ERJ 145 XR. Currently the carrier operates 30 ERJ 135 and 140 ERJ 145.

ExpressJet employs more than 5,500 people and provides Continental Airlines with all of its regional airline capacity at its hub airports in Houston, Cleveland and Newark. Operating as Continental Express, ExpressJet’s service complements Continental's system by allowing more frequencies to smaller cities than could be provided economically with mainline jet aircraft and by connecting passengers to Continental Airlines' flights.

ExpressJet serves more than eight million customers annually. As a regional air carrier partner to Continental Airlines, ExpressJet offers more than 950 daily departures to more than 110 cities in 33 states, the District of Columbia, Mexico and Canada.

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