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F-GVHD Embraer EMB-145 MP c/n 145-178 - Air France HOP! - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Holland - 12 March 2014 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The Embraer EMB-145 MP is a twin-engine short-haul feeder-liner jet for up to 50 passengers. Embraer, the Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A., is a Brazilian corporation, founded in 1969. Embraer was a nearly bankrupt concern when it was restructured and privatised in 1995. Today it is one of the largest aviation manufacturers in the world, producing regional commercial, military, and corporate aircraft. Embraer began working on a 50 seat short-haul feeder-liner jet concept in the late 1980s. The original Embraer EMB145 concept was launched in mid 1989 and originally used the straight-wings of the EMB-120 as well as a stretched version of the EMB-120 Brasilia fuselage. Later redesigns evolved to include swept wings with supercritical airfoils allowing improved performance. The engine location also moved from above the wings to below the wings and finally to the tail before the design was finally frozen. The Embraer EMB145 was flown first on 11 August 1995. It has a range of about 2500 km. The EMB-145 was renamed the ERJ-145 EMBRAER Regional Jet since. Three basic versions of the ERJ145 are available: Extended Range (ER), Long Range (LR) and Extra Long Range (XR) versions. Since first delivery in December of 1996 to Continental Express in the USA, more than 700 of these successful Embraer jet aircraft have been delivered to operators all over the world.

The 1999-built Embraer EMB-145MP s/n 145-178 was flown first with test-registration PT-SEZ. On 20 October 1999, the aircraft was registered F-GVHD in France with Gie Catalina Bail, Paris, as owner, and Proteus Airlines as operator. On 30 March 2001, Proteus Airlines, Flandre Air and Regional Airlines merged into Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne. Régional was a subsidiary airline wholly owned by Air France which connected hubs at Paris, Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, and Bordeaux to about 5049 airports in Europe. The airline operated in Air France livery, retaining its name in small titles and logo on the front fuselage and engines. It became the first European operator of the Embraer 190 aircraft in November 2006. It was headquartered in Bouguenais at the Nantes Atlantique Airport. On 31 March 2013, Régional was amalgamated with Brit Air and Airlinair into Société HOP!, an airline wholly owned by Air France. On 12 March 2014, Embraer EMB-145 MP F-GVHD was seen at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands with HOP! For AIR FRANCE titles.

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