American Airlines To Return Some ERJ175s And ERJ145s To Service

American Airlines will bring more regional jets back into service under the American Eagle brand from June 3rd,…

American Airlines To Return Some ERJ175s And ERJ145s To Service

American Airlines will bring more regional jets back into service under the American Eagle brand from June 3rd, according to a report in View From the Wing. Envoy Air, American’s fully-owned subsidiary, will be bringing all of its crisis-related parked E175s and ERJ145s back into service.

Envoy Air will bring all of its parked E175s and ERJ145s back into service. Photo: American Airlines

Bringing the E175s and ERJ145s back into service

Due to a downturn in passenger demand, American parked a number of planes, including regional jets operating under the American Eagle brand. These included both Embraer 145s and 175s. The ERJ145s seat 50 passengers while the E176s seat 76 in a two-class configuration.

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Embraer 145s seat 50 passengers. Photo: Getty Images

These jets usually service small cities and short shuttle routes. The ERJ145s can be found on routes from Baltimore-Washington (BWI) to New York-JFK, Nashville to JFK, Chicago-O’Hare to Cincinnati, and more. The E175s operate a number of domestic routes to secondary airports as well as between major cities like New York-LaGuardia to Detroit, O’Hare to Cleveland, Los Angeles to San Francisco, and more.

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American has parked some of its regional fleet amid the current crisis. Photo: Getty Images

However, recently, these planes have become more common on short-haul routes. Normally, American operates robust schedules with mainline jets between New York and metro areas like Boston and DC. Now, American is down to daily E175 service on these routes through early June.

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More E175s will be flying for American come June. Photo: Envoy Air

The smaller planes are easier to fill, given reduced demand. And American still has to maintain minimum levels of service after receiving funding from the United States government to help it through this crisis. Although the Department of Transportation (DOT) is getting a little more lenient, nevertheless, the smaller jets will likely operate on many routes in the meantime.

Regional jets have taken over some previous mainline routes. Photo: Getty Images

Envoy operates under the American Eagle brand alongside PSA, Piedmont, Republic, and SkyWest. The return of all parked E175s and ERJ145s only applies to Envoy Air. Other carriers, like Republic and Piedmont, will likely keep their fleet parked.

Envoy Air

At the end of 2019, Envoy Air operated a total of 58 ERJ-145s and 70 E175s. However, that number has since grown. 20 E175s are making their way over to Envoy from Compass Airlines. The first of these 20 jets has arrived in Envoy’s care, and the other 19 will follow this year. In addition, Envoy received three new E175 aircraft from Embraer in the first quarter of 2020. 11 more new E175s are due over the course of this year.

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Envoy also operates E140s. Photo: Envoy Air

Envoy Air is American’s wholly-owned regional subsidiary. The carrier operates over 185 aircraft comprised of ERJ140s, ERJ145s, E175s, and Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. The E140s seat 44 passengers while the CRJ-700s seat between 65 and 76 passengers depending on the configuration.

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Some American Eagle flights are onboard CRJ aircraft. Photo: Getty Images

Overall

From June 3rd, there will be more 50-seat and 76-seat jets flying American Airlines routes. Frequent fliers used to mainline service may find that their flight is operated by one of these regional jets as American alters its schedules and maintains reduced capacity. Nevertheless, the resumption of services with more aircraft is a positive step forward and may lead to the resumption of some routes. Or else, a capacity increase between some cities.

Will you look forward to flying an Envoy Air regional jet? Do you think this is a good step forward? Let us know in the comments!

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Lufthansa’s First Boeing 777X Spotted Outside In Seattle

While most aviation news has been cause for concern of late, one source of excitement is the progression…

Lufthansa’s First Boeing 777X Spotted Outside In Seattle

While most aviation news has been cause for concern of late, one source of excitement is the progression of Boeing’s new widebody program. On Wednesday, launch customer airline Lufthansa’s first 777X aircraft was spotted outside the factory walls for the very first time.

Lufthansa’s first 777X has been spotted outside of the factory in Everett. Photo: Lufthansa

Spotted at Paine Field

On Wednesday, Lufthansa’s first 777X was spotted outside of the factory for the first time. The new widebody jet was glimpsed on the Everett flightline at Paine Field, the airport serving Boeing’s production facilities in Seattle.

The aircraft is of the stretched 777-9 variety and is registered as tail-number D-ABTA. It is the first out of 20 that Lufthansa will receive. Initially, the German flag-carrier ordered 34 but transformed 14 of these into options in November last year. It was one of the first airlines to place an order for the new model back in November 2013, along with Etihad Airways.

Delivery early 2021

The first Lufthansa 777X was to be delivered in summer this year. However, the manufacturer failed to keep up with the intended testing schedule for the aircraft due to engine troubles. This has resulted in a delay that is perhaps not too great a concern for airlines at the moment.

The new widebody model will now be delivered to the carrier early 2021. When it arrives, it will be fitted with Lufthansa’s brand new business class concept.

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The 777-9 will be the first aircraft to feature Lufthansa’s new business class concept. Photo: Lufthansa

Maiden flight in January

The first 777X, with its characteristic wingtips, completed its maiden flight in January this year. The certification program was then re-launched in late April. The resumption of the test flights came after a month-long hiatus while the manufacturer recalibrated production according to government guidelines.

It also introduced the second aircraft to the program. Another two, complete with cabin configurations, will join them in the near future. Granted no further complications arise, perhaps this time, delivery will not be pushed back.

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Boeing resumed 777X test flights last month. Photo: Boeing

Eight airlines have orders for the 777X

If the airlines that are waiting to receive the 777X will still want as many brand new long-haul aircraft as they had planned for in a pre-crisis fleet is another matter. Even before the present crisis, there were order recalibrations as growth hit a bump in the road.

Apart from Lufthansa and Etihad, that initially ordered 26 of the jets but later committed to taking only six, another six carriers have placed orders for what is to be Boeing’s new flagship.

All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Emirates have all placed orders for 777-8s or the stretched 777-9. Emirates initially placed an order for a whopping 150 aircraft, but later removed 24 in November 2019.

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Eight airlines have orders for the 777X. Photo: Boeing

Could demand increase when travel bounces back?

When travel demand has soared back to pre-crisis heights, airlines have repaid their substantial loans, and they are ready to spend again, could orders for the 777X take off? With so many older widebody jets, including jumbo and superjumbo, now seeing early retirement, carriers could be looking to replace its long-haul fleet in a few years.

Simple Flying has reached out to Lufthansa for its thoughts on the delivery schedule for its new plane but was yet to receive a reply at the time of publication.

What is your take on the future of Boeing’s new 777X model? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

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