MIAMI — Embraer rolled out today in Sao Jose dos Campos, its new E190-E2 jet, marking the start of a new generation of regional family aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer.

“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, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

This family of aircraft is the latest addition to competing new narrow-body aircraft: the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX, Bombardier CSeries, Mitsubishi MRJ90 and COMAC C919 that have all been newsworthy over the last quarter.

“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 program throughout the world” Silva said.

The Second Generation of E-Jets

The E2 family aircraft is a major upgrade to the original E-Jet series launched over a decade ago. The new family will comprise the E175-E2, the smallest member of the family, the E190-E2, and the stretched E195-E2.

Launched in 2013 during the 50th Paris Air Show, the E2 includes a new, modern wing, improved aerodynamics and systems. It also incorporates a new power plant. Embraer selected the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) PW1000G, in lieu of the General Electric CF34 used on the current aircraft in production.

Embraer E-Jets E2 Components Sourcing. (Credits: Embraer)
Embraer E-Jets E2 Components Sourcing. (Credits: Embraer)

These improvements altogether are sought to not only to improve fuel burn, but also to reduce carbon footprint and noise levels. Additionally, the range of the E2 has been significantly increased over the current generation. In the case of the E190-E2, the range was increased by 400 nautical miles (741km), to cover distances of up to 2,800 nautical miles (5,186km).

While the aircraft will retain the same fuselage cross section and the 2+2 standard seating arrangement of the current production models, Embraer offers improvements in the passenger cabin, including larger overhead bins. The manufacturer has opted to keep the same seating, with 97 on a two-class cabin configuration or 106 in a single-class layout.

2+2 Coach Cabin Layout. Notice the oversized overhead compartments. (Credits: Embraer, animation by Airways)
2+2 Coach Cabin Layout. Notice the oversized overhead compartments. (Credits: Embraer, animation by Airways)

Since its launch, the E2 has obtained 640 commitments, 267 firm orders and 373 options and purchase rights from both airline customers and leasing companies. According to Embraer, the E-Jets are being operated by about 70 customers in 50 countries. With over 50% market share, they are the global leader in the segment of up to 130 seat aircraft.

This aircraft is the first of four prototypes that will be used in the E190-E2 certification campaign. The aircraft ́s first flight is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016, and entry into service is expected to take place in 2018. Two additional planes will be added for the E195-E2 campaign, which will enter into service in 2019 and three more will be used in the E175-E2 campaign, which is scheduled to begin services a year later.