MIAMI — Embraer has started the production process for the first parts of its E195-E2 regional jet, the second generation of the E-Jets family.

The first part comprises of a lateral rib of the central fuselage section, made of aluminum, which was manufactured at the metal structures factory of the company in  São José dos Campos, Brazil. The milestone takes place 15 months after the first cut of the E190-E2, which is scheduled to rollout next February 25.

An aluminum-made rib was the first component built of the Embraer E195-E2. (Credits: Embraer)
An aluminum-made rib was the first component built of the Embraer E195-E2. (Credits: Embraer)

“The program is within the timeline set forth, and with this event, we begin to manufacture the first E195-E2 that will fly in 2017, with first deliveries taking place during the first half of 2019,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

In comparison to the E195 of the current generation of E-Jets, the E195-E2 will have three additional rows of seats. This increased capacity allows for 120 seats, in a typical two-class configuration, or 132 in a single class. According to the manufacturer, the aircraft is planned to bring savings of 24% per seat in fuel consumption when compared to the current E195 in production.

Announced in the 2013 Paris Air Show, The E2 program has reaped to this date 325 orders. Of these, almost the half correspond to the E175-E2 in orders placed by U.S. regional carriers Trans State Holdings (Compass Airlines, GoJet Airlines and Trans States Airlines) and Skywest Airlines.

The final assembly of the E2 jets and the customer delivery process will occur at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, at the same facilities now used to produce the current generation of E-Jets. The first delivery of an E-Jet E2 (the E190-E2) is expected for the first half of 2018 while the E195-E2 is scheduled to enter into service in 2019 and the shorter E175-E2 in 2020.