ERJ Order: Republic Airlines


Embraer today announced that Republic Airways Holdings has confirmed 12 options for ERJ 145LR regional jets, with four to be delivered by October, and eight, pending Republic arranging financing, to be delivered by February 2004. The contract, valued at $240 million, was announced at the Regional Airline Association (RAA) 2003 annual convention. This year’s edition takes place in Phoenix, Arizona on May 18 - 21.
“Republic’s growing operations represent one of the great success stories in the United States regional airline market, and we are very proud of our continuing relationship with Republic, by expanding the supply of our also very successful ERJ145, an aircraft that combines top comfort levels, operational efficiency and unmatched economics†said Maurício Botelho, President and CEO of Embraer. “It is important that this announcement is being made at the RAA convention as this is yet another indication of the strength of the regional market that continues to lead the recovery of airline travel in the U.S.â€

“The addition of twelve Embraer regional jets to the fleets of Republic Airways Holdings subsidiaries will offer expanded opportunities with our partner US Airways,†said Bryan Bedford Chairman, president and CEO of Republic Airways Holdings. “This order will allow us to further strengthen Republic Airways Holdings’ position as an industry leader in delivering high quality, low cost regional jet lift to our major airline partners.â€

Republic Airways Holdings subsidiary airlines already operate 71 Embraer ERJ 145 Family aircraft, giving them one of the largest Embraer jet fleets in the world. Republic Airways Holdings, based in Indianapolis, Indiana is an airline holding company. Republic currently owns two regional airline subsidiaries: Chautauqua Airlines, based in Indianapolis, Indiana and Republic Airlines, based in Louisville, Kentucky.

The ERJ 145 Family of Regional Jets

Embraer’s ERJ family provides the capacity flexibility needed by operators to satisfy the regional markets. Embraer aircraft have a rugged, proven structural design developed specifically for regional airline missions. They are well-suited for high frequency use and typically operate around 3,000 hours per year.

The ERJ family members (the 37-seat ERJ 135, 44-seat ERJ 140 and 50-seat ERJ 145 and ERJ 145 XR) share above 95% commonality between all models, with low operational, crew training and maintenance costs. The ERJ’s systems and main components can be easily accessed, simplifying maintenance activities and providing for faster turnarounds.

Since 1996 more than 700 aircraft of the ERJ family of regional jets have been delivered worldwide. Currently the Embraer ERJ 145 family holds 889 firm orders and 475 purchase options.

Note to Editors

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is one of the world’s leading aerospace companies. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, and offices and customer service bases in Australia, China, France, Singapore and the United States, the Company as of March 31, 2003 has a total workforce of 12,407 people. Embraer was Brazil’s largest exporter from 1999 to 2001, and second largest in 2002. As of March 31, 2003 Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled US$ 7.9 billion and the total backlog, including options, equaled US$ 19.2 billion.

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