A little Embraer airplane has been a consistent friend as I travel between Northern and Southern California.
I fly from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to San Diego (SAN) and LAX (LAX) regularly. I’ve been flying back and forth for about 10 years. It’s a short flight, and most of the time, it’s been on an Embraer airplane.
The Embraer airplane
We all know of the massive Boeing and Airbus jets. I remember flying on large Boeing and Airbus jets all the time between LAX and Guatemala City during my childhood. However, I had no idea what an Embraer jet was until I was 18.
Embraer is one of the workforces of the airline industry. They are the third-largest airplane manufacturer after Boeing and Aerobus. Embraer is a Brazilian aerospace company founded in 1969 in São José dos Campos, São Paulo.
It’s a workhorse that powers a lot of airlines and has carried me from the Bay Area to my loved ones in SoCal. These jets are standard on smaller flights run by SkyWest. SkyWest runs regional flights in a white-labeled fashion under Alaska, American Eagle (American Airlines), and United Express.
Embraer and Me
I don’t particularly like how small the airplane is (it also never has wifi), but I only have gratitude for this little airplane.
This little airplane has been there when I needed it. It’s been there for happy moments (seeing my family or visiting friends) or sad moments (flying home to see loved ones passing).
In my heart, it’s the little Embraer airplane that could and the little airplane that will.
Reader’s Note: I fly back and forth due to a lack of electrified high-speed rail between LA and San Francisco. If there were an electrified train, I would be a frequent traveler on it.