Avoid the ERJ-170/190

747Fan

Lifetime Elite
I have flown Jetblue 6 times now on their ERJ-190 and have only experienced 1 smooth (light turbulence) ride. The aircraft has a spacious/comfortable cabin but your are thrown around in turbulence.

I flew into Austin, TX yesterday on JetBlue 1265 (BOS-AUS). The first hour of the flight was smooth, the next 3 hours were pure hell. When we landed I asked the captain what level of turbulence we had encountered. He said moderate, moderate-severe at times. He said that the ERJ-170/190 are safe, dependable aircraft but its fuel efficient wing design and its light weight makes it less than desirable in turbulence.

Again, this is just my experience, but if you hate turbulence (as most of you do) I would avoid this aircraft. I was suppose to fly back on this same aircraft tomorrow. I decided to book a flight out on Monday instead on AA's MD-80.

Anyone else have issues with this aircraft? I'm worried that some of the other US carriers will start replacing there older 737's and MD-80's with this aircraft.
 

tb_neg

Administrator
Staff member
At first I was going to say I was surprised by your experience, but then I looked up both a 737 and E-190, the 737 is approximate 4 times heavier.

I have to agree. I've had smooth flights in a CRJ-200, but it's very prone to being thrown around due to it's light weight (it's about the same as the ERJ-190), so I've had a couple periods of chop in them.

I don't care much for the CRJ-2, so I guess since the ERJ is in the same weight class, I'd rather fly a A320 than the ERJ. ERJ-135/ERJ-145 are really light weight too.
 

Hunter75

Forum Mod / Channel 9
I've had several flights on the E170/190 and they have been very smooth. I think there are just so many variables with it all. I wouldn't avoid it just because of the type.
 

ksjhawk

New member
On E170 today into PHL coming through <10,000 feet - terrible chop in mostly sunny skies with many white broken clouds. Winds were only out of West at 8 mph. Sitting on the wing which made it feel even worse. I'd hate to think if it were 20 mph winds today.
 

Smooth Sailing

New member
On E170 today into PHL coming through <10,000 feet - terrible chop in mostly sunny skies with many white broken clouds. Winds were only out of West at 8 mph. Sitting on the wing which made it feel even worse. I'd hate to think if it were 20 mph winds today.

Was on an E175 yesterday coming into MDW and had the same experience. Great weather with a few light puffy clouds and 10 mph winds. Bounced around a lot as soon as we reached the top of that cloud layer. Rest of the flight was mostly smooth though.
 
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