Another of the six Brazilian Embraer ERJ-145 planes purchased by LOT Polish Airlines arrived in Warsaw on February 25, 2000. The first two planes began flying under the LOT banner in the summer of 1999. The producer will supply another three by the end of 2000. The contract for the first six planes is valued at 100 million USD. The contract between LOT and the Embraer Empressa Brasiliera de Aeronautica airplane plants also contains an option for the purchase of another six planes (pending confirmation). LOT Polish Airlines is the first airline to use this type of plane in Central and Eastern Europe.
The 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 is used for regional flights and LOT will be using these planes for connections with Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavian countries. The addition of this new jet airplane made it possible to increase the number of flights with those counties.
The first ERJ-145 prototype took off in the summer of 1995 and the certification process was completed in December 1996. Since that time, European and American airlines have ordered more than 450 planes, making the Embraer ERJ 145 one of the most popular and sought jet planes for regional transportation.
The Embraer is a low-wing jet monoplane with a slanted T-shaped control surface. Two Allison engines are located in the back end of the body. Passenger seats are mounted in a 1+2 structure. The plane is 29.87 m long and has a wing span of 20.04 m. Cruising speed equals 833 km/h and the plane has a range of 2,444 km and a ceiling of 11,275 m.