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Embraer Delivers First Embraer 170 Jet to British Airways - Aircraft is part of an E-Jet order by British Airways for fleet modernization of BA CityFlyer
Embraer Delivers First Embraer 170 Jet to British Airways


PRZOOM - /newswire/ - São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, 2009/09/03 - Aircraft is part of an E-Jet order by British Airways for fleet modernization of BA CityFlyer. NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3

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Embraer delivers the first EMBRAER 170 jet, today, at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to British Airways. The aircraft, configured with 76 seats in a singleclass layout, will be operated by BA CityFlyer, British Airways’ wholly owned regional subsidiary, which operates international and domestic routes from London City Airport. The deal was announced in December 2008, and includes firm orders for six EMBRAER 170 and five EMBRAER 190 jets, plus options for another three airplanes of the same model.

“This first delivery to British Airways is a remarkable milestone that makes us particularly proud, since it’s the last of the four largest European airlines to operate the E-Jets,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “We are absolutely delighted to see our E-Jets flying in the colors of such an internationally renowned, worldclass airline, operating out of the U.K.’s premier business airport.”

The EMBRAER 170 obtained steep approach certification to operate at London City Airport in June 2007. The steep approach uses a software solution developed within the existing fly-by-wire system, which means improved flight quality and control, as well as reduced pilot workload, less weight, and lower maintenance costs.

“We are very excited to receive our first E-Jet as the backbone of the modernization of our fleet,” said Peter Simpson, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer. “The EMBRAER 170 will enter service very soon, with the EMBRAER 190 arriving early next year. We look forward to offering our customers unrivalled levels of comfort in a brand-new, greener aircraft fleet where, for the first time, with no middle seat, all passengers will have the choice of an aisle or window placement.”

On June 30, 2009, Embraer had logged 882 firm orders and 794 options for the E-Jets family. With nearly 600 aircraft delivered to date, the family has a broad base of 53 operators in 35 countries, on five continents. The planes that have already been delivered have accumulated more that 2.9 million flight hours with outstanding schedule reliability, and have transported more than 130 million passengers.

About the EMBRAER 170/190 Family of E-Jets
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating economics, low emission levels and a spacious passenger cabin.

The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,500 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 – results in exceptional savings for carriers, in terms of crew training and costs of spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets is the state-of-the-art fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage design, which includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities.

The E-Jets have achieved outstanding success, with nearly 900 firm orders logged, worldwide. This proven family is helping airlines to rightsize low load factor narrowbody routes, by substituting 50-seat regional jets, as well as older, inefficient airplanes. The E-Jets are also being used to develop new markets with lower operating costs and greater efficiency. For more information about Embraer’s commercial jets, visit To better evaluate the benefits of these aircraft, when substituting older jets, visit

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On June 30, 2009, Embraer ( had a workforce of 17,237 employees – not counting the employees of its subsidiaries OGMA and HEAI – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 19.8 billion.

This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer’s businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company’s investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words “believe”, “may”, “is able”, “will be able”, “intend”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “expect” and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can herefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.

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