Embraer, the Brazilian planemaker, has unveiled its new E2 aircraft, the first in a series of new fuel-efficient, quieter passenger jets.
The E2 series, which ranges from 70 to 130 seats, will feature new engines, fly-by-wire flight controls and aerodynamic improvements, including a new wing design, to reduce fuel burn, CO2 emissions and noise.
The first aircraft unveiled this week was an E190-E2, which will be able to carry between 97 and 106 passengers depending on the layout. This will be followed by the smaller E175-E2 and larger E195-E2.
The new aircraft was unveiled in a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in the state of Sao Paulo.
“Today we have taken another step into the future of Embraer commercial aviation with the world premiere of our second-generation E-Jets,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer’s president & CEO. “I’m sure that as a result of this event, the market’s interest in the E2 will grow even further, increasing the commercial success of this programme throughout the world.”
With an investment of US$1.7 billion, the E2 programme was launched in June 2013 and to-date the company has taken orders for 640 E2s, 267 of which are firm orders. China’s Tianjin Airlines, India’s Air Costa and US-based SkyWest Airlines have all committed to the aircraft.
“The rollout held today marks the completion of the assembly of the first E190-E2 and paves the way for the start of the tests that will lead to the first flight,” said Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer’s senior vice president of operations. “We are delighted to reach this phase of the programme, considering all of the technical and economic objectives set out at its inception.”
The E190-E2 and E195-E2 are both expected to enter into service in 2019, followed by the E175-E2 in 2020. They will be the main rival to Bombardier’s new CSeries aircraft, and potentially to smaller versions of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.