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The Embraer EMB E145 is a member of the Embraer ERJ (Embraer Regional Jet) narrow body short haul commuter aircraft family from the Brazilian manufacturer that carry between 37 and 50 passengers. The development of the ERJ family was launched at the 1989 Paris Airshow as a replacement for the regional turboprop airliners. It was perceived that the increased speed and comfort of a jet would outweigh the better fuel economy of the turboprop. The aircraft used 75% of the previous EMB 120 Brasilia reducing development cost and time. The first aircraft flew on 11th August 1995 at the start of a 1,300 hour test program with FAA approval on 10th December 1996. The first delivery was in December 1996 to ExpressJet Airlines, a regional division of Continental Airlines. There are two shortened versions of the aircraft, the 37 seat ERJ135 & 44 seat ERJ140. There are also Business Jet and Military versions of the aircraft.