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Austral Lineas Aereas signed an agreement Friday to purchase 20 E-190s. Embraer said the contract "will go into effect after fulfilling certain requirements and that should take place within two months." First delivery is slated for the first half of 2010. The aircraft will be the Advanced Range model that has a range of 2,400 nmi. (4,400 km.) and will feature a dual-class, 96-seat configuration. Embraer said Austral plans to use the E-190s "mainly to ramp up its frequencies on domestic routes, with the potential of opening new markets, thus allowing the airline to fly nonstop routes inside Argentina as well as to destinations in South America." May 22, 2009

Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer closed a deal for the sale of 20 jets to Argentina's Austral Linea Aereas, the company said Thursday, even as the aviation industry struggles amid the global financial crisis. The beginning of the delivery of the Embraer 190 jets is expected in the first half of 2010, the company said in a statement. Embraer's first-quarter profit sank 75 percent, the company said in late April. Embraer CEO Frederico Curado said earlier this month a recovery of the commercial jet market was unlikely before 2011. May 22, 2009

Embraer announced the delivery of the first of two 50-seat ERJ-145s to Passaredo Linhas Aereas through its ECC Leasing subsidiary. The aircraft operated its first flight for the Ribeirao Preto-based airline Monday. The second plane is being prepared for delivery at Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services in Nashville. Passaredo also operates six Brasilias. May 22, 2009

Actuators used to move the wing slats on Embraer 170s have been redesigned as a consequence of a fault discovered by airline operators in Australia and overseas. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says in a statement that since the fault has been discovered the slat actuator manufacturer has initiated a redesign of the actuator "to reduce torque trip and limiter engagement". Meanwhile, "the aircraft manufacturer has issued a new fault isolation task to address the fault and stop recurrence, it says. May 21, 2009

Embraer has appointed Johannesburg, South Africa-based AdoAir Maintenance as an authorised service centre. AdoAir, a division of the AdoAir Aviation, will provide routine checks and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the Legacy 600 jet and Phenom 100 and 300 business jets. May 21, 2009

Republic Airways Holdings is set to become the first US regional carrier to operate 100-seat jets once it starts operating Embraer E-190s for partner Midwest Airlines. The two airlines are expanding their air services agreement to cover two extended range "AR" Embraer E-190s, with flights starting in August and September. Each 100-seat aircraft will feature 20 of Midwest's "Signature" class seats. Midwest CEO Tim Hoeksema says the Embraer jets "are part of a comprehensive fleet plan being finalized by Midwest" May 21, 2009

Niki took delivery of the first of five Embraer E-190s on firm order. President Niki Lauda said that the jets will be used initially on flights from Vienna to Innsbruck and Munich and eventually to open new routes. Niki also holds five E-190 options. May 20, 2009

Skyways Aviation announced the placement of an Embraer ERJ-145 with Andalus of Spain on behalf of Air Vendee Investissement. Aircraft will be based in Gibraltar and operate service to Madrid starting this month and Barcelona from June. Andalus currently has two 145s and plans to operate four by year end. Skyways also said it was selected by Ernst & Young to remarket an ATR 42-500 formerly operated by Macair Airlines, which ceased operations in February. May 19, 2009

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