PARIS — Since its launch at the 2013 Paris Air Show, Embraer has made steady progress on its EJet-E2 program, the next generation of re-engined and re-winged regional aircraft of the Brazilian manufacturer.
At its arrival to Le Bourget, the EJet-E2 program already reaped about 230 firm orders across three variants, the E175-E2, the E190-E2 and the E195-E2.
Of these, the E190-E2 and E195-E2 are already part of the flight test campaign of the manufacturer, and the first of these, the E190-E2 is on track for certification by the end of the year.
The E190-E2 is due to enter service in 2018, with the E195-E2 following a year later.
The program remains on budget and ahead of schedule with its development, and the performance numbers have recently been refined to increase range and highlight better than expected fuel economy being experienced by their test fleet.
The certification testing has been performed by four E190-E2s and a single E195-E2, both variants powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1900G powerplants. The flight test fleet will eventually receive three E175-E2s, which use the smaller PW1700G engines.
As the E-Jet E2 family enters the production system, the first generation of these jets, now dubbed E1, could stay in production. Notably, the E175-E1 could continue to be offered to the market if the US pilot unions do not approve the scope clause to allow bigger and heavier regional jets.
The airframer has been able to build up its backlog of E1 jets to bridge to the E2. The backlog of 157 aircraft as of March 2017 extends into 2018 before there is any production gap.
Aside from the new powerplants, the jets have new wings, and a new fly-by-wire control system, among other modifications. However, Embraer has been able to maintain the commonality between both generations, the E1 and E2, to facilitate the transition between one to another.
The EJet-E2 program has several market opportunities. These vary from the replacement of the 50-seat regional jets (The Bombardier CRJ and the Embraer ERJ145 family aircraft) to the use of the E195-E2 as a “compact narrowbody” for those carriers looking to “right size” aircraft that would enable them to run a more efficient operation.
In its most recent market analysis, Embraer forecasts a total market for 7,430 regional jets for the coming two decades. If Embraer maintains the 60% market share in the 70-130 seat segment, the potential sales would be equivalent to over 4,450 aircraft over the period.