The jet-maker Embraer has received type certification for their new plane, the E195-E2. Certification has been received from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer President and CEO says:
Just like the E190-E2, we once again obtained type certification simultaneously from three major world regulatory authorities.
He adds that the new plane is “another great achievement” from Embraer’s engineering and program teams.
They’ve built, and now have certification for, the most efficient single-aisle jet on the market. And they’ve done it again right on schedule and exceeding specification.
Environmentally friendly with long maintenance intervals
In the certification campaign, Embraer demonstrated two of the craft. One for aerodynamic and performance testing, and the other for interior and maintenance tests. In its press release Embraer says the E195-E2 is the “most environmentally friendly” in its class with the “lowest levels of external noise and emissions.”
It also has the longest maintenance interval for the single-aisle jet category with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks. For airline efficiency, this results in an extra 15 days of operational use over a ten-year period compared to Embraer’s current generation E-Jets.
1.4% lower fuel consumption
John Slattery, President, and CEO for Embraer Commercial Aviation says that flight tests revealed the craft is “better than its original specification.” It boasts 1.4% lower fuel consumption and 20% lower maintenance costs. It also has 75% new systems. He adds:
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There’s no question that airlines are going to love this airplane’s economics. The E195-E2 is the ideal aircraft for growing regional business and complementing existing low-cost and mainline fleets.
The E195-E2 is the largest craft so far in Embraer’s E-Jet E2 series and the largest commercial plane the company has made to date. Embraer is the third largest maker of civil aircraft after Boeing and Airbus and was established in 1969.
The new plane will carry up to 146 passengers and has a range of 4,820km. It also has upgraded engines compared to its predecessor in the series with Pratt & Whitney PW1900 Geared Turbofans.
First flights expected in 2019
The plane will now be delivered to airlines and enter operation. Embraer has orders for 121 of the E195-E2, with 44 on order from AerCap. It also has 51 on order for Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, 13 for Aircastle, 10 for Air Peace, and 3 for Binter Canarias. The first of the planes will fly with Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras later in 2019. Binter Canarias will also receive its first E195-E2 this year.
For Embraer’s E-Jets program overall, it has received 1,800 orders and already delivered 1,500 of the planes. Here’s a comparison of the Embraer E190-E2 against the Airbus A220.
In January 2019, in a bid to build its portfolio in short-haul jet aircraft, Boeing was given the go-ahead to purchase 80% of Embraer’s commercial aircraft business. The price – $4.2 billion. The deal was approved by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.