The Argentine Air Force signed a contract with the US company Regional One to acquire two second-hand Embraer ERJ 140 regional jets to reinforce its transport capacity.
The aircraft, manufactured in 2003, flew for almost 20 years on American Airlines’ regional network, first on the American Eagle subsidiary.
The two ERJ 140s were sold by Regional One for around US$6.9 million.
The Air Force has already wanted to have ERJ jets for several years, but the tender was only launched in July, asking for models ERJ 140, ERJ 145LR or ERJ-145XR.
The ERJ 140LR can carry 44 passengers and was developed by Embraer at the request of American Airlines, to meet the scope clause in the 2000s.
Soon, pilots and airlines ended up expanding the limits to 76 seats and the ERJ 140 became a low-production jet.
At American, the Embraer plane flew until 2021, when it was deactivated and a large part of the fleet was transferred to Regional One, a company that sells, buys and leases planes.
Compared to the more popular ERJ 145, the ERJ 140 has a fuselage that is 1.42 meters shorter, with two fewer rows. It was produced in the LR (Long Range) version, capable of flying non-stop for 1,650 nautical miles (3,058 km).
According to Argentine media, the two ERJ 140s will be received at the beginning of 2024 and will be used by the Argentine Army and LADE Líneas Aéreas, the Air Force’s passenger transport division.