Embraer has launched the second generation of its E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, which it has named the E-Jets E2 family, with firm orders and lesser commitments for 365 aircraft from seven customers.
The Embraer E-Jets E2 family comprises three aircraft – the Embraer 175-E2, Embraer 190-E2 and Embraer 195-E2. It appears Embraer has decided not to launch, at least not yet, an -E2 version of the Embraer 170, the smallest model in the current four-aircraft Embraer E-Jets family.
Brazil-based Embraer announced the launch of the E-Jet E2 family on June 17 at the Paris Air Show 2013.
Embraer expects the 190-E2 to enter service in the first half of 2018. The Embraer 195-E2 is slated to enter service in 2019 and the 175-E2 in 2020.
In a typical single-class layout, the Embraer 175-E2 is extended by one seat row compared with the current generation Embraer 175, and will seat up to 88 passengers, while the 190-E2 keeps the same size as the Embraer 190, of up to 106 seats. The Embraer 195-E2, compared to the current 195, has grown three seat rows and will accommodate up to 132 seats.
Heading the list of customers is the United States’ SkyWest Inc., the largest regional-airline company in the world, which signed a firm order for 100 Embraer 175-E2s and took purchase rights on another 100, bringing its total potential order to 200 aircraft. SkyWest becomes the launch customer for the Embraer 175-E2.
SkyWest announced its order at a press conference at the 50th International Paris Air Show on June 17. If SkyWest exercises all its purchase rights, Embraer estimates the total list-price value of SkyWest’s order at $9.36 billion.
This new contract is in addition to SkyWest’s previous order in May for up to 200 current-generation Embraer 175 jets, so SkyWest’s total potential orders of E-Jets may reach 400 aircraft.
“To have the world’s largest regional airline placing this E-Jets E2 order shows SkyWest’s confidence in Embraer and its products. Our companies have a long history together and with this new contract, that partnership is going to continue well into the future,” says Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
Another key customer will be leasing company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), which signed a letter of intent (LOI) for 25 Embraer 190-E2 and 25 Embraer 195-E2 jets. The LOI also contains options for an additional 25 190-E2s and 25 195-E2s, so ILFC’s total potential order could reach 100 aircraft.
“As the launch customer among leasing companies for the E2, ILFC’s global footprint and its diversified operator base will ensure access for even more airlines around the world to the aircraft,” notes Silva.
Five undisclosed airlines from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America have also signed LOIs confirming planned orders for 65 Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft.
“These contracts will be finalized in the coming months and I’m looking forward to even more E2 orders from other airlines and leasing companies,” says Silva.
The designator ‘E2’ signifies generational changes in technology that have been incorporated in the design, according to Embraer.
Each of the three new aircraft will be able to offer a range of single-class, multi-class or high-density seat capacities to suit operator requirements, with new ‘look and feel’ and improved comfort levels.
Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G geared-turbofan engines, in combination with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and advancements in other systems will result in double-digit-percentage improvements in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions and external noise, according to Embraer.
The Embraer 175-E2 will be powered by the PW1700G engine, which will be identical to the PW1200G powering the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (of which SkyWest has also ordered up to 200) except for aircraft type-specific installation fittings and accessory access points and arrangements.
Similarly, the PW1900G engines powering the Embraer 190-E2 and the Embraer 195-E2 will be identical to the PW1521G engines powering the Bombardier CS100, except for type-specific installation fittings and accessory access points and arrangements.