The second E-Jet E2 variant, the E195-E2 from Embraer has rolled out in the market. This is the largest ever jet aircraft produced by Brazil.
John Slattery, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, stated that this aircraft has been rolled out quite unusually just for the employees. He added that more than 10,000 employees will be attending the March 7 ceremonies in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
This launch is much different from the launch of E190-E2 aircraft, which was rolled out in a major international event. The first rollout of E195-E2 will be a reward to employees of Embraer who realized the development of this aircraft.
The PW1900 engines from Pratt & Whitney powers the aircraft. According to Slattery, E195-E2 will be an alternative to airlines who are thinking of buying Airbus A319 or Boeing 737, and also by low cost airlines looking for cost-efficient alternative.
The E195-E2 can be configured for a single-class, high-density category, something which is prominently used in Southeast Asia, accommodating up to 146 seats.
The aircraft can be comfortably configured in two classes having 120 seats.
When compared with present generation E195, it will provide a 24% efficiency in fuel burn per seat.
According to Slattery, this is an aircraft which will be looked by low-cost airlines in a very serious fashion for the first time. It is an offering which will be seriously considered by LCC’s in North America and larger legacy carriers as a complimentary addition to their fleet.
The first prototype of E195-E2 will be tested for performance and aerodynamics, added Slattery. The aircraft will be able to make its first officially scheduled flight in the second half of the year 2017.
The roll out of the aircraft is already ahead of schedule. It will not come as a surprise in case the test flight of E195-E2 happens in the first half of 2017.
At present there are three pieces of E190-E2 that will be flight tested, and the fourth piece will be ready to fly just in few weeks after that. The second E195-E2 is already taking part in test flight program.
Wideroe, a Norwegian regional airlines will be the first to put the E190-E2 into service in the starting months of 2018. The company has yet to announce the first launch operator of E195-E2, which will happen in the starting months of 2019.