Arrival of new Embraer E-Jets

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  1. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    Here is an interesting article on the new E-Jets Virgin Blue is about to introduce.

     

  2. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    This week I flew 3 AY sectors on E-190s on flights of between 2-3 hour duration. Seats are not very comfortable and the seat width does not compare to A320s or 73Xs. And I pity anyone who gets to sit behind a chronic recliner, it gets very claustrophobic. Actually I found the TG A300-600 recently a lot better than most of the above options. Not sure why this aircraft was not more popular.

    If I remember correctly, sorry if I have it wrong, AY has E-170s with 76 seat configuration and E-190s with 100 seat seat configuration. So DJ is appearing to be squeezing an additional row.
     
  3. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    JohnK, When you say the width does not compare you mean its actually less than a B737 or A320 and not more as they seem to like telling people. Yuck and extra row, oh well i guess we will just have to wait to measure the pitch etc when they are online for DJ.

    I wonder in a few years if they will be like cheap Hyundai Excels on the user car market except on the used airline market ???

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  4. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    That is exactly how it felt like to me.

    I don't want to criticise DJ anyway and I am just relaying my recent experiences with AY.
     
  5. crazydave98

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    JohnK, I can't dispute your perception of comfort on the E170. However, the seat width of the Embraer (46.3cm) is wider than both the A320 (45.7cm) & B737. And of course there is no middle seat. There are two types of seat available for the E-jets, Standard and Elite - Virgin Blue has opted for the Elite (maybe EY have the Standard). And DJ may be appearing to squeeze in an additional row but appearances can be deceiving. What we have done is to remove a locker and galley carts on the front right hand side to be able to put in an extra row of seats on one side without sacrificing seat pitch.

    cheers

    CrazyDave98
     
  6. Standby

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    Thats a relief Dave,I remember many years ago when AN introduced the CRJs
    and "upgraded" some routes by replacing 737s. They were very squeezie.
    Also I know Jetblue in the US have their EMBs fitted with a version of Foxtel Live TV. I used it on yr flight to HerveyBay a few weeks ago and enjoyed it ,it would be great if it was common across the whole fleet.
     
  7. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    #7 Mal, Sep 10, 2007
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    I will be travelling on two EMB 170 (DJ) flights mid next month (assuming all goes well with the introduction of the planes into service). Will make sure I make notes and post here! I may also take a tape measure to double check the seats (assuming they allow it through security ;) )
     
  8. stuartfaz

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    #8 stuartfaz, Sep 10, 2007
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    Have the EMB routes been confirmed yet? (I've heard PER-KTA and MEL-MQL) I'd love to see the new planes in action.

    And for those who want to know the name of the new plane it is ( belle-issimo blue ). Not sure if the secrecy is necessary, but better to be safe then sorry... :)
     
  9. serfty

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    Actually, the name is belle-issimo blue ... ;)
     
  10. littl_flier

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    #10 littl_flier, Sep 11, 2007
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    Routes may not have been officially announced but flights have been uploaded into ITN which shows the aircraft. eg. BNE-MKY on DJ915 on 12 Nov is showing E70. I will keep looking now you've set me a mission.
     
  11. littl_flier

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    I had a quick look and I can find them on:

    BNE-CNS-BNE
    BNE-SYD-BNE
    BNE-CBR-BNE
    BNE-MKY-BNE
    BNE-HBA-BNE

    It appears that they have two aircraft scheduled as of early November. (that I can find anyway)
     
  12. stuartfaz

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    That's what I wrote (after editing the post several times :p)

    An italian-y name for a brazilian plane? doesn't make much sense.

     
  13. serfty

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    LOL!

    ... to be more specific it's belle-issimo blue ... ;)

    More on the new jets here:
     
  14. stuartfaz

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    I could do this all day...
     
  15. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    Interestingly that is the same name as the brazillian granite we just ordered for our kitchen. Maybe not such an italian name?
     
  16. pauly7

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    Brisbane - Sydney? Joking right?!

    Maybe you could check out Tasmania (LST/HBA) flights, there are rumours DJ are planning to downgrade some of those routes... hope not!

    Also if Crazydave / Yadayada are still looking at this thread, out of interest, would DJ ever move or add some domestic widebodies (like 767 or 787s rather) for the high traffic Mel-Syd etc?

    (I just hate the 737! Regardless of which airline is operating it!)
     
  17. Mal

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    Why joking? If a particular trip (eg perhaps 11am in the morning) has only a certain number of paying pax, should they schedule a high capacity 737 or a smaller plane?

    Do you see them put high capacity trains on small suburban routes? How about opening up all checkouts at Woolies when there are only a few customers?
     
  18. Yada Yada

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    Hi pauly7,

    I'm just a regular Virgin Blue customer. I don't work for the company. Aside from the cabin and ground crew, the only other person I've met who works there is crazydave98. Actually I did meet Brett Godfrey once too. But almost everything I know about the airline comes from reading the newspapers, online news feeds, or on this website.
     
  19. crazydave98

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    No not joking SYD-BNE as Mal noted.

    Tasmania is a fair bet for E-jet services. I consider the E-jets to be an upgrade from both the B737 and A320 - wider seats, two abreast, quieter, better positioned windows (sick of having to dislocate my neck to look out of 737s), roomier dunny, quicker boarding and deplaning (and uses aerobridges where available) .... This isn't some crappy little CRJ200 which certainly was a downgrade from the A320 under Ansett.

    Yes we would consider widebodies, but not just the ones you mention and in fact certainly not the B767 which burns more fuel per seat than the B737-800. Interestingly it is likely that the aircraft families that replace the B737 and A320 will also replace the B757, B767-200, A300 and A310 - that is we could be in for some new generation short haul widebodies with up to 250 seats.

    cheers

    CrazyDave
     
  20. crazydave98

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    The first E170 is in Sydney this afternon - gate 33 from 1510 to 1610 (departing for Canberra so should be there by about 1700). Happy to take anyone who is around for a look inside. Look for a tall blond guy with glasses and white polo shirt with Virgin Blue and Embraer logos on it.
    CrazyDave98
     
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