Embraer Jet Airliner Spotting Guide


Embraer is a Brazil-based company that competes internationally with Canadian rival Bombardier for the title of the world's third-largest airplane maker after Airbus located in Europe and Boeing headquartered in the United States.

The company manufactures commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircraft.

Embraer ERJ Series

The Embraer Regional Jet (ERJ) carries from 37-50 passengers and includes these models:

  • ERJ-135 - seating for 37 passengers
  • ERJ-140 - seating for 44 passengers
  • ERJ-145 - seating for 45 passengers
  • ERJ-145XR - seating for 50 passengers

Its "T-Tail" design include two turbofan jet engines mounted aft of the wings on the sides of the fuselage. Nearly 900 of the ERJ series has been built by Embraer to date.

City Airline Embraer ERJ-135 regional jet with its twin jets mounted on the aft of the fuselage
City Airline Embraer ERJ-135


British Airways Embraer ERJ-145, Registration G-EMBH

Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of a Bombardier CRJ regional jet (top) and an Embraer ERJ jet (bottom)
Side-by-side comparison of a Bombardier CRJ regional jet and an Embraer ERJ regional jet

Comparison of the nose sections of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets
Comparison of the nose sections of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets

Comparison of the tail structures of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets
Comparison of the tail structures of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets

Embraer E-Jet Series

The Embraer E-Jet family includes these models:

  • E170 - seating for 70-78 passengers
  • E175 - seating for 70-88 passengers
  • E190 - seating for 98-114 passengers
  • E195 - seating for 108-124 passengers

Over 1,200 of the E series aircraft have been manufactured since 2001. Advanced Range (AR) variants are also available.

The engines of the E Series are mounted under the wings. Four cabin doors are provided, two forward and two aft. The E170/E175 has no additional emergency exit door; the E190/E195 has an emergency exit door over each wing. Winglets are mounted on the wing tips.

The Embraer E-Jet E2 family represents the second generation of E-Jets, and includes the E175-E2, E190-E2 and the E195-E2, carrying from 80 to 132 passengers.

Air France HOP Embraer E170 jet. Note the engines mounted under the wings in the E-Series jets.
Air France HOP Embraer E170 regional jet. Note the engines mounted under the wings in the E-Series jets.

Embraer E175 jet in United Express livery
Embraer E175 jet in United Express livery

Shown below is an Embraer E190 of KLM, with its twin jets mounted under the wings, winglets and emergency exit door over the wings.
Photo of an Embraer E190 of KLM, with its twin jets mounted under the wings, winglets and emergency exit door over the wings

Embraer E195 jetliner of Lufthansa City Line
Embraer E195 jetliner of Lufthansa City Line

The chart below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Embraer E175 (below) and the Bombardier CS100 (top)
The chart below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Bombardier CS100 (top) and the Embraer E175 (below)

Regional Embraer Airliners Parked at Storage Facilities in the Desert

Commercial airliners have limited lifespans, even regional jets such as the Embraer EMB series. Ultimately, they must be retired from service, stored in "airplane boneyards" or graveyards, and finally dismantled and scrapped.

Jetliners eventually reach end-of-life due to airframe wear and/or obsolescence. Some jetliners are temporarily taken off flying status, and must be stored in a environment that is conducive to preservation. Others are kept for spare parts for flying aircraft.

To protect airliners during their storage from wind and sun damage, engines and windows are tightly covered with white, reflective materials. A sealed airliner can thus be stored safely, for years, until the time comes to return it to active duty, or salvage. Eventually, all airliners are removed permanently from service and must be "disposed" of.

In the past year, we have spotted a variety of Boeing and Airbus aircraft in various boneyards in the western U.S., including:

Also available is information on airliner boneyards in Europe, the UK, Australia, Russia and other locations around the world.

... and view photos of commercial airliner boneyards at www.AirplaneBoneyards.com

Embraer ERJ-135ER, registration N16501 (foreground), and others from Continental Express, in desert storage at the Kingman Airport in Kingman, Arizona, USA (Staff Photo)
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Embraer ERJ-135ER, registration N16501 (foreground), and others from Continental Express, in desert storage at the Kingman Airport in Kingman, Arizona, USA (Staff Photo