Embraer has revealed a ‘semi-private’ configuration for the ERJ 145 jet, which means the 50-seater aircraft can now be configured from 16 to 28 premium seats, with one seat configuration on each side of the aisle, increasing social distancing and comfort. Further personal space for passengers is opened up through the addition of a flat floor and the removal of the overhead bins. The design targets passengers who usually travel first class on commercial airlines and may require more suitable flight options that enable them to avoid crowded airports and save time, by using private terminals.
This aftermarket conversion will be possible through a supplemental type certificate (STC), currently under development by Embraer, and all ERJ 145 are eligible to be converted to a semi-private aircraft. The full conversion process can be performed at Embraer-owned Service Centers.
“We have identified this opportunity given the growing number of aircraft with semi-private interiors, which have doubled in two years, from 21 in 2019 to more than 40 in 2021. With the pandemic, we believe this number will increase even more,” said Marsha Woelber, head of worldwide executive jets customer support & aftermarket sales, Embraer Service & Support.
This ‘semi-private’ option follows a Service Bulletin from Embraer in 2020 that allows ERJ 145 operators to install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which capture 99.97% of airborne particles and other biological contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, and mould spores. This technology is also available on Embraer business jets, with HEPA filters also made standard on all Praetor aircraft.