US Airways orders Embraer jets

US Airways is amending its aircraft order from Brazil’s Embraer and has firmed up on the number of planes it plans to purchase. Under this agreement, the previous 57 undelivered Embraer 170s will be converted into 25 firm Embraer 190 aircraft and 32 additional firm Embraer 190 aircraft that are subject to reconfirmation by US Airways.

The amendment also includes up to 50 options to other aircraft in the Embraer 170/190 family. Deliveries will resume in November 2006.

The new aircraft will be configured with 11 first-class and 88 coach seats and will be powered by GE CF34-10E aircraft engines. The new agreement is subject to bankruptcy court approval.

“We are excited to bring the superior comfort and advanced efficiency of the EMBRAER 190 into our fleet, and we are particularly pleased that these airplanes will be flown with US Airways mainline pilots and flight attendants,” said US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.

“We are honored with US Airways’ renewed confidence in our E-Jets family and the opportunity to expand our partnership,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer Executive Vice-President, Airline Market.

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US Airways and America West’s recent merger creates the fifth largest domestic airline, employing 35,000 aviation professionals. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,700 flights per day and serve more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. (LCCG)
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