E-Jets tally up 10 million flight hours

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 28, 2013
Virgin’s E190 operations have contributed to the 10 million hour milestone. (Seth Jaworski)

In the nine years since their launch, the Embraer worldwide fleet of E-Jets has achieved a landmark 10 million flight hours and the completion of seven million flight cycles in May.

With more than 1,200 firm orders from airlines worldwide and nearly 1,000 jets delivered to more than 60 airline companies in 43 countries on five continents, E-Jets have carried around 460 million passengers.

“This milestone is particularly noteworthy, given the E-Jets’ relatively short average flight duration,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The high utilisation of the aircraft has contributed to reaching this mark just nine years after the first revenue flight.”

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The flight hours of the worldwide fleet began accumulating after the delivery of an E170 to LOT Polish Airlines, the first E-Jet operator, in March 2004.

The deployment of E-Jets is not limited to short-haul routes. Virgin Australia schedules E190s on nonstop flights between Perth and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a leg that is in excess of four hours over water. Air Canada operates its E190s on some routes that take nearly five hours of flight time.

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3 Comments

  • Colin J

    says:

    Love flying Virgins E-Jets

    Comfortable and spacious and fast
    the 2×2 configuration can’t be beaten for an enjoyable flight

  • Ron

    says:

    Love the sleek & sexy E-Jets!!

  • fueldrum

    says:

    Not smart to use E-jets on short routes. No E-jet will match turboprops in climb or descent.

    Much smarter to use them on longer routes; it gives the aircraft time to stretch its legs and take advantage of its speed and good efficiency at high altitude. It also allows passengers to stretch their legs and take advantage of the comfortable cabin!

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