A new model of fuel-efficient passenger jet has completed its maiden flight in Brazil.
Embraer’s new E190-E2 aircraft took to the skies for the first time last week, several months ahead of schedule.
The flight occurred just three months after the E190-E2 made its public debut at a roll-out ceremony at the company’s Sao Paulo factory in late February. The E190-E2 is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2018.
“What a first flight! Today, all of us at Embraer should be proud and thrilled of this remarkable achievement. Watching the first E190-E2 take to the skies means we are paving the way for a bright future in commercial aviation. I’m certain that the market will show even greater interest not only for E190-E2, but also for the other E2s as well,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, president & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The E190-E2 is one of three new versions of Embraer’s regional jet portfolio – the E175-E2, E190-E2 and E195-E2. The E195-E2 is expected to enter service in 2019, followed by the E175-E2 in 2020.
The E190-E2 will feature the same cabin layout as the existing E190, with either 97 seats in two-class configuration or 106 in a single-class layout. But its range has been extended by approximately 644km, meaning it can cover routes of up to 4,500km.
Embraer has now taken orders for 640 E2 aircraft, including 267 firm orders. Major customers include China’s Tianjin Airlines, India’s Air Costa, Brazil’s Azul and SkyWest Airlines in the US.