Making its air show debut at Farnborough 2000 was the 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140, which first flew at San Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on 27 June.


The ERJ-140, which flew in the air display alongside its 37-seat and 50-seat stablemates, the ERJ-135 and ERJ-145, is due for certification in the first quarter of 2001 after eight months of flight tests.

The aircraft was produced by stretching an ERJ-135 prototype with two fuselage plugs. The company has yet to collect orders for the ERJ-140.

Embraer used the show to launch a new, extra-long-range version of the ERJ-145, the ERJ-145XR. The launch was accompanied by a 75-unit order, plus 100 options for any version of the ERJ-135 or -145, from Continental Express. The deal is worth $3 billion.

The ERJ-145XR is due for its first flight in the first quarter of next year, with certification set for the second quarter of 2002.

Source: Flight International