Embraer Jet Airliner Spotting Guide
Embraer is a Brazil-based company that competes internationally with Canadian rival Bombardier for the title of the world's third-largest airplane maker after Airbus located in Europe and Boeing headquartered in the United States.
The company manufactures commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircraft.
Frequently Spotted Embraer Jetliners
|Shown below is a side-by-side comparison and spotting guide of the Embraer ERJ-145, E175, E190 and E195 regional jets|
Embraer ERJ Series
The Embraer Regional Jet (ERJ) carries from 37-50 passengers and includes these models:
- ERJ-135 - seating for 37 passengers
- ERJ-140 - seating for 44 passengers
- ERJ-145LR (baseline 145 model) and ERJ-145ER (Extended Range) - seating for 50 passengers
- ERJ-145XR (Extra Long Range) - seating for 50 passengers
Its "T-Tail" design include two turbofan jet engines mounted aft of the wings on the sides of the fuselage. Nearly 900 of the ERJ series has been built by Embraer to date.
|City Airline Embraer ERJ-135 regional jet with its twin jets mounted on the aft of the fuselage|
|Embraer ERJ-145 of American Eagle|
Comparing Embraer ERJ and Bombardier CRJ Regional Jets
|Shown below is a side-by-side fuselage view of a Bombardier CRJ regional jet (top) and an Embraer ERJ jet (bottom)|
|Comparison of the nose sections of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets|
Comparison of the tail structures and shape of the engines of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets.
The ERJ aircraft have a triangular section on the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer. The CRJ series has a ram air inlet duct at the bottom of the vertical stabilizer.
Comparing the Embraer ERJ-175 and the Airbus A320
Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of an Embraer E-175 (top) and an Airbus A320 (bottom). At a glance there are several similarities in design, and there is only a 20 foot difference in fuselage length.
But the longer A320 has two emergency exits over the wings while the E-175 does not. Also, the A320 has the classic rounded Airbus nose, and the Embraeer has a more pointed nose.
Embraer E-Jet Series
The Embraer E-Jet family includes these models:
Over 1,300 of the E series aircraft have been manufactured since 2001. Advanced Range (AR) variants are also available.
The engines of the E Series are mounted under the wings. Four cabin doors are provided, two forward and two aft. The E170/E175 has no additional emergency exit door; the E190/E195 has an emergency exit door over each wing. Winglets are mounted on the wing tips.
The Embraer E-Jet E2 family represents the second generation of E-Jets, and includes the E175-E2, E190-E2 and the E195-E2, carrying from 80 to 132 passengers.
|Air France HOP Embraer E170 jet. Note the engines mounted under the wings in the E-Series jets.|
|Embraer E175 jet in United Express livery|
|Shown below is an Embraer E190 of KLM, with its twin jets mounted under the wings, winglets and emergency exit door over the wings.|
|Embraer E195 jetliner of Lufthansa City Line (Photo courtesy of Piviso)|
|Embraer E190 N238JB "Blue Clipper" of JetBlue Airways|
|The chart below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Embraer E175 (below) and the Bombardier CS100 (top)|
Regional Embraer Airliners Parked at Storage Facilities in the Desert
Commercial airliners have limited lifespans, even regional jets such as the Embraer EMB series. Ultimately, they must be retired from service, stored in "airplane boneyards" or graveyards, and finally dismantled and scrapped.
Jetliners eventually reach end-of-life due to airframe wear and/or obsolescence. Some jetliners are temporarily taken off flying status, and must be stored in a environment that is conducive to preservation. Others are kept for spare parts for flying aircraft.
To protect airliners during their storage from wind and sun damage, engines and windows are tightly covered with white, reflective materials. A sealed airliner can thus be stored safely, for years, until the time comes to return it to active duty, or salvage. Eventually, all airliners are removed permanently from service and must be "disposed" of.
In the past year, we have spotted a variety of Boeing and Airbus aircraft in various boneyards in the western U.S., including:
- Mojave Airport in California
- Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) in Victorville, California
- Pinal Airpark near Tucson, Arizona
- Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Arizona
- Kingman Airport, Kingman Arizona
Also available is information on airliner boneyards in Europe, the UK, Australia, Russia and other locations around the world.
|Embraer ERJ-135ER, registration N16501 (foreground), and others from Continental Express, in desert storage at the Kingman Airport in Kingman, Arizona, USA (Staff Photo)
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