FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — This afternoon, Fleet Director Zak Winnick held a press conference welcoming two brand new Embraer ERJ-170LRs to MetroAir Virtual Airlines’ fleet.
With the arrival of Flight 9170 to the Embraer North American Design and Delivery Center at 7:30 PM today, MetroAir has begun delivery of ten brand new ERJ-170s scheduled to be replacing the Bombardier CRJ-700s, as announced late last month.
Eight of the ten scheduled deliveries will be delivered to MetroAir’s West Coast hub in Ontario, CA, while the last two will be delivered to Metro’s corporate headquarters and main hub in Kansas City, MO to be used for future route expansion.
Due to the 2,200 NM range of the ERJ-170, the new aircraft have a five-leg delivery route from Brazil to their final homes in Ontario and Kansas City.
Departing from Embraer’s World Headquarters in Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil, the aircraft head north to one of MetroAir’s newest destinations, Manaus, Brazil. After a brief fuel stop in Manaus, the aircraft continue north to another recent addition to MetroAir’s expansive route network, Caracas, Venezuela.
From Venezuela, it’s off to one of MetroAir’s biggest focus cities, and Embraer’s North American headquarters, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After being signed off by MetroAir representatives in Fort Lauderdale, the aircraft head to Nashville, Tennessee to Embraer’s North American maintenance center for final inspection. Once approved, the aircraft will be delivered to their assigned hubs.
The deliveries, beginning today, are scheduled to be completed by April 29, just as the CRJ-700s are completing their retirement program.
All delivery flights/legs will operate under the flight numbers MET9170 and MET9171.