|REGIONAL JET AIRLINER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / Brazil / Embraer|
Launched 16 September 1997; two pre-series EKJ-145s modified to create two prototype ERJ-135s; roll-out 12 May 1998, followed by first flight 4 July 1998; public debut at Farnborough Air Show September 1998; second aircraft, flown 24 September 1998, for systems testing before conversion to production standard in March 1999. Brazilian CTA certification achieved in June 1999; FAA certification 15 July 1999. First delivery 23 July 1999 to Continental Express; other early aircraft to American Eagle.
ERJ-135: Regional airliner. Available from the outset in 135ER and 135LR versions.
EMB-135BJ Legacy: Corporate version.
Total of 122 firm commercial orders and seven options by 1 January 2004. Additionally, one VIP-configured ERJ-135LR handed over to Greek Air Force on 7 January 2000 and two, also in VIP configuration, to the Belgian Air Force on 4 June and in August 2001, for operation by No. 21 Squadron at Melsbroek with two similarly configured ERJ-145s. Deliveries have been 16 in 1999, 45 in 2000, 27 in 2001, three in 2002 and 14 in 2003.