SkyWest Airlines has announced that it will take delivery of the first 76 seat Embraer E175 performance-enhanced aircraft during the last week in March of this year.
The enhanced aircraft includes a new winglet and aerodynamic clamps which result in a fuel burn that is 6.4% lower than the existing E175 model. The enhanced variant will be the only version offered by Embraer until the E175-E2 enters service in 2020.
The aircraft is the first of 40 that SkyWest has on firm order for United with 24 deliveries scheduled in 2014 according to SkyWest president Brad Rich.
The new E175s will enter service on the Chicago O’Hare-Washington National route structure beginning 17 May.
United Airlines has a firm order for 30 more E175 enhanced aircraft, with operator Mesa Airlines due to begin taking delivery of the aircraft during the week of March 31st.
Mesa says that its second E175 delivery will be its first of the enhanced variant. Mesa said that the first aircraft they accepted will be modified with the new winglets in July.
Republic Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of 24 E175s on behalf of American Airlines in 2014, according to the mainline carrier’s published fleet plan. It is unclear if these aircraft will be the enhanced version of the E175.
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