Embraer’s aftermarket modified ERJ 145 semi-private jet
Embraer has presented a semi-private configuration for its ERJ 145 as an aftermarket solution. The conversion will be possible through a supplemental type certificate (STC), currently under development by Embraer, and all ERJ 145 are eligible to be converted to this solution.
“Embraer constantly assesses customer needs to offer innovative solutions and support new market requirements, which is why we developed the new semi-private conversion,” said Marsha Woelber, head of Worldwide Executive Jets Customer Support & Aftermarket Sales, Embraer Service & Support.
“We have identified this opportunity given the growing number of aircraft with semi-private interiors, which have doubled in two years, from 21 in 2019 to more than 40 in 2021. With the pandemic, we believe this number will increase even more.”
The 50-seater ERJ 145 can now be configured from 16 to 28 premium seats with one seat configuration on each side of the aisle, Embraer had increasing social distancing in mind when designing the solution. Other features are a flat floor and the removal of the overhead bins, which widen passengers’ personal space. The full conversion process can be performed at Embraer-owned service centres.
Embraer is targeting passengers who usually travel first class, the ERJ 145 allows these customers to avoid main crowded airports and save time. Also last year, the Brazilian OEM released a service bulletin that allows ERJ 145 operators to install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which capture 99.97% of airborne particles and other biological contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, and mould spores.