E175 enhanced meeting fuel burn expectations: Republic

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Republic Airlines chief executive Bryan Bedford says that its Embraer 175 enhanced aircraft are meeting the improved performance expectations set by the airframer.

Embraer promised an up to 6.4% fuel burn reduction compared to the base model with the addition of new winglets and aerodynamic clamps.

Indianapolis-based Republic took delivery of its first E175 enhanced in April, following deliveries to SkyWest Airlines and Mesa Airlines.

Asked what feedback the carrier has received on the E175, Bedford says that they recently received a letter from United chief executive Jeff Smisek saying that it was a “great product” and that more regional jets should be like it.

Republic operates 26 E175s under a contract with American Airlines, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows. It has 21 more of the type on order.

Bedford was speaking to media at the Regional Airlines Association (RAA) convention in St. Louis on 14 May.

Bombardier will deliver its first enhanced CRJ900 – the main competitor to the E175 - with up to 5.5% improved fuel burn compared to the first generation of the type to American Airlines in June.