|Rendering of the E190-E2. Photo: Embraer
[Avionics Today 02-26-2016] Embraer held a ceremony on Feb. 5 to celebrate the rollout of its new E190-E2 narrow body, the first E2 jet — Embraer´s second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft. The aircraft´s maiden flight is scheduled for the second half of 2016, with entry into service scheduled for 2018.
With an investment of $1.7 billion, Embraer launched the E2 program in June 2013. The aircraft will have full fly-by-wire flight controls and improvements to other systems that aim to deliver significant reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise. To date, Embraer has logged 640 commitments for the E2, including 267 firm orders and 373 options and purchase rights, from both airline customers and leasing companies.
This aircraft is the first of four prototypes that Embraer will use in the E190-E2 certification campaign. The company will add two additional planes for the E195-E2 campaign, with entry into service expected in 2019, and three more will be used in the E175-E2 campaign, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.