The latest member of the Embraer E2-Jet family, the E195-E2, has received its type certification in Brazil, Europe and the United States. This means it can now be delivered to airlines and enter revenue service, which it is due to do later in 2019 with launch customer Azul Brazilian Airlines.
The -E2 is an updated version of the Embraer E-Jet range, which originally comprised of the E170, E175, E190 and E195. The E2 family consists of the E175-E2, E190-E2 and E195E2. E2 family aircraft are modified and improved from the originals featuring new, more efficient Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engines, new wings, updated avionics and a new cabin. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer nicknames the E2 family ‘Profit Hunter’ due to its increased fuel efficiency and reduced operating costs over the previous generation of E-Jet family. Embraer claims that in test flights, the E195-E2 burns 25.4% less fuel than the E195 it is designed to replace.
After the E190-E2, the E195-E2 is the second of the family to be certified. The E190-E2 first flew on 23rd May 2016 and was delivered to launch customer Widerøe, a Norwegian regional airline, in April 2018, where a fleet of three are in passenger service. Seating 120 passengers in a typical two-class cabin, the E195-E2 offers a higher capacity aircraft than regular so-called regional jets that can operate into much smaller airports than larger aircraft. Its closest competitor in terms of capacity and range is the Airbus A220-100 (formerly Bombardier CS100).
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