Airline passengers who first glance at Embraer's new EMB-145 from a distance initially might mistake it for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft's latest MD-80 variant. The long, lean fuselage; the moderately swept wing; and, most notably, the large aft-mounted turbofan engines elevate Embraer's latest regional airliner to the class of equipment once exclusively flown by the majors-the jetliners. U.S. airline passengers have expressed a clear preference for turbofan aircraft versus turboprops, ...

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