Embraer sells 13 Embraer 175 Jets to Republic Airlines: U.S. regional carrier is the largest E-Jets operator in the world

São José dos Campos, July 13, 2007 - Embraer announces that Republic Airlines Inc., a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, has increased its orders for the EMBRAER 175 by 13 firm orders, totaling US$ 403 million, at list price, based on January 2007 economic conditions. Eight aircraft of this order were already included in Embraer’s first quarter backlog as “Undisclosed”, and the other five refer to options confirmed during the second quarter. As of today, Republic is operating 76 EMBRAER 170 and 11 EMBRAER 175 jets, and the company’s firm order backlog totals 32 E-Jets.

“We are honored to continue sharing Republic Airlines’ success,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “Republic operates both the EMBRAER 170 and EMBRAER 175. This follow-on order of 13 EMBRAER 175 jets is an important validation of our strategy of providing airlines with the flexibility they need to match the right aircraft size to different market demands.”

Embraer’s long and prolific relationship with Republic goes back to 1998, when Chautauqua Airlines, also a member of Republic Airways Holdings, purchased ten 50-seat ERJ 145 jets. Later, the airline became an operator of the entire ERJ 145 family by ordering the ERJ 135 and the ERJ 140 jets. Currently, the Embraer fleet flying with Republic Airways totals an impressive 182 jets.

“As the largest operator of E-Jets around the world, we are very pleased to expand our fleet of EMBRAER 175 jets with the addition of these 13 new aircraft,” said Bryan Bedford, Chairman, President and CEO of Republic Airways Holdings. “Our company continues its long-standing tradition of delivering safe, reliable and cost effective service to our customers and airline partners. The Embraer E-Jets family has set a high standard for airline service in North America. Passengers love this aircraft for its spacious interior design and, in particular, for the absence of a middle seat.”

About Republic Airways

Republic Airways Holdings, based in Indianapolis, Ind., is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The airlines offer scheduled passenger service on over 1,100 daily flights to 116 cities in 38 States, Canada,

Jamaica, and the Bahamas, through airline service agreements with six U.S. airlines. All of the airlines’ flights are operated under their partner brand names, such as AmericanConnection, Delta Connection, United Express, US Airways Express, Continental Express, and Frontier Airlines. The airlines currently employ approximately 4,300 aviation professionals and operate 204 regional jets.

About the EMBRAER 170/190 Family of E-Jets

The EMBRAER 170/190 E-Jets family consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats featuring advanced engineering design, outstanding performance, high operating economics, and a spacious cabin.

The E-Jets can fly at a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.82 and 41,000 ft altitude (12,497 m), with a range of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft results in exceptional spare parts and maintenance cost reduction for carriers.

Another key feature is the fly-by-wire technology used in the flight control systems, similar to that deployed on larger commercial jets and advanced military aircraft.

The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage design that includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space and comfort for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities. On March 31, 2007, the E-Jets family order book had logged 630 firm orders and 558 options, totaling 1,188 aircraft to 32 customers in 22 countries.


Source: Embraer
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