All aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet are expected to be wearing a new livery by the time the EEC Single European Market comes into effect in 1992, through a programme of work that began in a number of locations last October.
Embraer is now flying a Brasilia (the original prototype, PT-ZBA) fitted with a Garrett TPE331-12B turboprop in a nacelle on the rear port side of the fuselage. First flown on 4 January 1989, this unusual test-bed is being used to investigate interactive airflow around the rear fuselage and tail unit, as part of the development programme for the CBA-123. Unlike the latter, however, the Brasilia installation has a Hartzell four-bladed tractor propeller, whereas the TPE331s in the CBA-123 will be installed as pushers, in a similar position on each side of the rear fuselage and with the propeller plane identical. A 35-hr, 20-flight programme is planned, with the rear engine operating and the port wing-mounted PW117 feathered.