|STANDARD DATA (ERJ-145LR): Seats: 37-50; Gross weight: 48,500 lbs.; Empty weight: 26,470 lbs.; Engines: two 7,426 lb. AE-3007A1 turbofans. PERFORMANCE: Max cruise: 450 kts.; Range: 1,550 nm; Service ceiling: 37,000 ft.|
Embraer’s regional airliners have become some of the world’s most popular short haulers. Drastically redesigned from its popular Brasilia, the ERJ-145 first went into service in 1996. The model’s success spawned instant variants, including the shorter ERJ-135 and ERJ-140 which were flying a year and a half later. Upgraded versions of each model have followed. The ERJ-145LR came in 1998 and the XR came in 2002, both with larger and more efficient engines, an increased takeoff weight and more fuel capacity for extended range. The ERJ-135 has also translated into Embraer’s Legacy corporate jet.