5 Reasons I Love The Embraer 175

Typically I go out of my way to avoid regional jets. They’re loud, tight, require you to gate-check your bag, often don’t have first class, etc. However, there’s one regional jet I love — the Embraer 175 (perhaps more accurately, the entire family of Embraer jets, as I like the Embraer 190, etc., as well, but just don’t fly them as much).

I most frequently fly the Embraer 175 on American Eagle, and I think I almost prefer the plane to American’s domestic mainline fleet. Why?

There are no middle seats on the entire plane

There aren’t really any bad seats on the Embraer jets, as there are no middle seats. This is great if you’re traveling with someone, since you can have a window and aisle.

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The plane has a great ratio of first class seats

This of course varies by airline, but American’s Embraer 175s have a fantastic ratio of first class seats. The planes have a total of 76 seats, and 12 of those are first class seats (~16% of the plane). Compare that to American’s new A321s, which have a total of 181 seats, only 16 of which are are first class seats (~9% of the plane). So upgrade chances don’t get much better than on the Embraer 175, thanks to the percentage of first class seats.

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Ironically, go figure that I’m writing this post from economy on an Embraer 175, after not clearing my upgrade. Grrrr!

There are single first class seats

As someone who loves looking out the window but also likes having access to the aisle, this is something I really value. While economy is in a 2-2 configuration, first class is in a 1-2 configuration. So if you’re lucky, you can snag one of the solo first class seats and have both a window and an aisle.

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The plane has big windows

This might sound minor to some, but continuing on the above, I love looking out windows. Many regional jets have small windows that aren’t even at eye-level. The Embraer 175 has huge windows (at least they feel that way) at the perfect level. I really feel like they’re bigger than on typical Airbus or Boeing narrowbodies, though perhaps that’s an illusion.

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The plane feels like a “big” jet

In terms of the passenger experience, the Embraer feels more like a big jet than a regional jet. You don’t have to crouch when walking down the aisle, the seats and aisle are wide, the overhead bins are big enough to store full size carry-ons, the plane is fairly quiet, the engines are over the wing, etc. While the CRJ-700 is about the same size, it does very much feel like a regional jet.

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Bottom line

It’s always a joy to fly Embraer jets. They’re comfortable, regardless of whether you’re in economy or first class, and I don’t even mind them for long stretches. My one point of frustration is that American doesn’t have power outlets on these planes, but then again, they don’t on most of their A321s either, so… 😉

Anyone else love Embraer jets as much as I do?

Comments

  1. Ben, I just had a similar revelation. I flew TLV-YYZ on AC 789 and appreciated everything about it, including the large windows. When I transited through YYZ and then onto an EMB190 YYZ-BOS, I was struck by the large windows, comfortable seats, and “big plane” feel of this small regional jet. They even served a “meal” (snack) in J!

  2. I hate to see the ERJ 135/145s go. While no first class, the single left seats were always fantastic and windows were huge compared to CRJs.
    I was always happier (much happier) to fly a 135/145 than a CRJ100/200

  3. Hi, and thanks for the article, and the blog!

    I had a question I wonder if you could answer? I’m quite claustrophobic, usually only flying widebodies and frequently premium or business just for space. Would love to break out of this and try smaller planes, I do take the occasional A320/21 in business class only, do you think first class on an Embraer 175 is comparable in space terms?

  4. Another plus is that in F, the crews of the regional airlines are often better. For example, on Republic-operated AA flights they almost always come around during boarding offering a pre-departure beverage. Can probably count on one hand the times that has happened on mainline AA over the past year for me.

  5. Agree. Living near XNA (thanks Walmart!) we are lucky to have these E175 first class seats available to us on multiple daily nonstop flights to LAX, LGA, DFW and ORD. No flight is over 3 hrs, and it always feels like more of a private jet experience in first class.

  6. it is an amazing aircraft, less noise than CRJ-900, better legroom than airbus 318/19, always happy when flying Embraer E-175/95.

  7. In my experience, Embraer jets also does seem to handle turbulence relatively well, esp in comparison with Boeing regional jets

  8. SOME of the E-175s have power (I think when they were first started to be delivered, they came with power, then Doug decided to not pay for power anymore). You should also point out that the coach seats are the widest in the fleet. There is no comparison to a CR-J. They are so cramped. The seats are horrible. Also, the E-175 has a lav in the front for FC. I agree, it’s a great jet. I just wish they weren’t doing 7-8 legs a day, then they might actually have a better on time rate.

  9. There’s one more important reason to like these planes: the seat width in economy is 18 to 18.5 inches, which is slightly better than the A319/320/321 family and a full inch improvement on Boeing 737. The fuselage curve adds to this advantage for a window seat.

  10. The crew is always much younger. The FAs are much cuter than the old hags in the mainline. Trump needs to put an age limit for the FAs on all domestic airlines. I think 27 sounds about right.

  11. @ Dee — It certainly feels more spacious than a CRJ-700. I’d give it a try, as the plane doesn’t feel claustrophobic to me (while some other planes do).

  12. I loved flying the E175’s on UA, having WIFI as well is a plus 🙂 I’m glad they are slowly replacing the e 135/145 with these. 🙂

  13. the main problem with these RJs on AA at least is the lack of ovens, I think DL has ovens on some RJs, and they are used on longish flights that would otherwise include a proper meal. Also my biggest issue (and yes I get this is a first world problem) is the RJs often do not have limes catered which impacts my G&Ts.

  14. I’m with Alex H about flying the E175 with United. Great space, they DO have power in Business Class and the FA’s are usually good. I did fly once where our front cabin FA completely helped servicing coach and left us sitting there. There were only 5 of 12 seats taken, but we all sat dry and thirsty for nearly 1 hour as the back of the plane got their beverage service. Completely bass-ackwards IMO. The drawback on longer flights is no hot meal on UA as they aren’t equipt with ovens in the galley. But seats 1-4 A are my favorite–plus there’s a dedicated lavatory up front (not a small thing when flying a couple hours or more).

  15. Lucky – could we please moderate certain comments out better. Credit gives reason for FA’s to behave so standoffish to the rest of us that actually recognize them as human beings and professionals.

    we disrepect them by leaving comments like that up. And no I’m not anywhere near the airline industry, just a 150k+/yr flier who has had her mix of good, adequate, and surly FAs.

    No wonder.

    Credit, how would you feel if someone publicly marginalized you professionally based on your appearance. You owe yourself a well thought out answer. What would your mother or sister or daughter think of you.

  16. Funny – I just recently went through the E-175 epiphany myself and wrote about it. I generally hate RJs, to the point that I’d rather fly to an airport where I can take a larger plane and drive 3 hours the rest of the way. I finally hopped an an MQ E-175 last month, and was thoroughly impressed. Even snagged one of those single F seats. I wouldn’t hesitate to book a flight on one in the future. The lack of seat power is a drag, though.

  17. Agreed, I do love this aircraft, but recently got caught in a proper storm from LCY-DUB and boy did we bounce around up there ! Was quite terrifying but still love the aircraft.

  18. Love the E175 but not AA’s version of it. No power outlets, no IFE, and misaligned windows all through economy.
    Try ACexpress….much nicer experience.

  19. @rsb29 Credit is a troll. Please don’t feed it by complaining about it’s posts. And no, barring something totally outrageous, Lucky is not going to moderate comments simply because they are idiotic, or even moderately hurtful.

  20. While I agree with Lucky’s points, I’m no lover of the E-175. It’s a better RJ than the CRJs or smaller E’s to be sure, but it’s still an RJ and you’re reminded of this every time you hit turbulence. It’s no 737. And, my biggest discomfort with this equipment is one of safety: the aircraft has no overwing exits. The larger E-190 does, but this one managed to be exempt from the requirement. I’m not paranoid, but this makes me uncomfortable. God forbid that you’re in the middle of economy and something happens that requires a rapid evacuation – you’re a long way from an exit in the middle of that equipment. It’s not enough to keep me from flying this model, but it always gives me pause.

  21. I had heard good things about E175 and E190s. I had my first flight on an Air Canada E190 last summer and hated it. I found the seat to be very uncomfortable with a thick fixed headrest. The headrest pushed in to my shoulders and gave me a massive back ache after a short (<2 hour) flight. Maybe other carriers use better seat designs on this plane, but the Air Canada version was torture for me. Luckily I took an A320 on the way back and it was fine.

  22. I flew AA DCA-MSY, and had the same thoughts. Seats and leg room are much better than A320 or 737 in Economy, and the no middle seats is a total treat. You’re also right about the windows, I noticed they provided better viewing. Good post, and totally relevant to my recent travels 🙂

  23. Fly them quite frequently (usually E170) from LAX-SFO, and I have to agree that I much prefer them to the 738’s that they fly on the same route. Although a great benefit of having the 738’s on the route, is that there is plenty of “backup” space if there are any delays, etc.

  24. Legacy US E175s unfortunately have a crappier, small F cabin. Other than that (and the lack of oven), totally agree Lucky

  25. I for one hope the AA E175s don’t get ovens, at least not until AA catering drastically improves. The cold meals on Eagle are so much better than the dreck that passes for hot meals on AA mainline.

  26. If you’re flying to/from LAX having to deal with the bus to the remote terminal plus being lower priority for any weather problems (really just comes up on LAX/SFO) negate a lot of the positives in my opinion. The E175 is leaps and bounds better than the CRJ700/900 (which it competes with).

  27. I love this plane and have used it often to and from SAN-LAX for positioning flights on foreign carriers. It wasn’t that long ago when the only option was small, noisy prop planes with tiny bins and seats. Huge improvement.

  28. I was flying on JetBlue a few weeks ago and also had this epiphany. The plane feels a lot more spacious than it probably is, and the windows are indeed fantastic.

  29. Love flying the 175 (and the larger 190) for all the above reasons and it was my fav until I flew the LX CS100.

    Lucky, you should try flying the CS100 or 300 (maybe once there’s one with a proper regional F available) but they are absolutely amazing. Blow the other regional jets out of the water in terms of comfort, space and aesthetics (okay last one is personal opinion hehe)

  30. This article hit my twitter feed as I was sitting on an Alaska E175 (Skywest) getting ready to fly to Tucson. Very nice plane for all the reasons mentioned above. My FC upgrade didnt clear, I was next on the list, so I sat in row 8. As mentioned in an above comment, crazy leg room and I’m 6’3. I was Horizon would use his plane.

  31. Agree, I really like them. 2 x 2 seating is great when traveling with someone.

    They also fly surprisingly high and fast, which is cool nerd factor stuff.

  32. I totally love the e190. I fly them here in Australia and unfortunately our airline is decommissioning them. Sad face.

  33. I love the ERJ-170/75/90 series, for all the reasons you mentioned. One you didn’t mention is how you get all those features but also get the benefit of fewer passengers. Boarding and deplaning takes less time than a 737 of course and the ERJ 175 has all the same amenities. I flew a UA EWR-PIT last week and it was great. Comfortable, quiet, and love the standard size bins. EMB makes a great product.

  34. Generally agree 100%. Great aircraft with the right level of comfort and space for the missions it flies.

    Only catch – which others have pointed out – is that not all E175s are created equal. The Republic and Envoy E175s that operate from the ORD and DFW hubs have in-seat power, while the Compass E175s that use LAX do not. Wish AA would correct this, as the E175 has become a big part of life at LAX…

  35. My favorite regularly scheduled domestic flight is Delta’s early evening departure from Little Rock to Detroit. The sunset views from seat 1A are just spectacular! For two hours I can relax in that comfortable seat, enjoy my bloody mary, and just stare out at that explosion of color.

    Oops…I just remembered that this flight operates with the CRJ 900, not the Embraer 175. But, still, it’s such a lovely flight.

    @Robert Hanson –

    I must come to @Credit’s defense. He really isn’t a troll. Yes, some of his humor can be inappropriate; but, he has left some very thoughtful comments and observations through the years.

  36. Agree on E145! Although it has only 50 seats, configuration 1-2 is perfect, even in economy. In Europe, i belive only Hop! for AirFrance still flies them. I don’t care about business seat in a sub 2h flight, but that possiblity of being seated alone in the economy is great.

    Though, it has its disadvantages. Hand luggage is limited, and usually small carry-on suitcases have to be stored downstairs, and its quite loud, especially in the back. Bit i find all embraers quite loud. And don’t even mention landing in a windy conditions. Better than any rollercoaster.

  37. I’m completely astonished and proud about all comments. I work at Embraer Engineering for almost 12 years and once flow a regional flight in USA. I was in a hurry and didn’t pay attention the a/c model and though it was a bigger plane due to extra leg room. It was a surprise when I heard safety disclosure regarding the E175.
    Dispite all difficults we can face, to read all this “feedback” makes everything worth.
    Nowadays we push E2 on motion. God gave me a blessing opportunity to see one more 1st flight with the E190-E2. It was fantastic and at least external noise were incredibly smaller compared to E1.
    Hope we can bring to all of you even more peaceful and pleasant flights in 2018.
    Thank you!!

  38. Air Canada E190’s have ovens and wifi now. J bathroom hard for a 6’+ flyer to stand upright in but otherwise a good aircraft.

    Lucky have you done a comparison between the E175/190 and the new Bombardier CS100? A few European airlines such as Swiss are flying them now and apparently are quite popular with fliers.
    DK

  39. I have flown on E190/195’s with Montenegro Airlines, HOP! and KLM Cityhopper and on E170’s with HOP! and I agree – the aircraft is pleasantly comfortable and convenient from a passenger viewpoint.

    I cannot say the same about E145’s though. I flew on these with HOP! and with Luxair (which, incidentally, is just finishing phasing them out in favor of Q400’s), and each time I found the overhead space way too small (and I’m only 5’9”!!), even smaller than on CRJ700/900/1000’s. I have never felt comfortable on an E145, even for a sub-hour flight in Europe.

    Also, I concur with @Matty – the back of an E145 tends to be very noisy, especially during takeoff.

  40. All Austral’s (Aerolineas Argentinas shuttle) jets are Embraer have USB outlets in here seat and a huge screen. I love to flight Austral’s Embraer jets for the same reasons plus the USB port!

  41. I know this is an older post but is there any difference with United’s ERJ-175? (Republic dba United Express) and thoughts on turbulence in these planes? Are they as safe in your opinion as the 737? Thanks for any input!

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