L’Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted its certification to the Embraer E195-E2the largest aircraft in the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s E-Jet family, paving the way for its marketing in China.
” This is another important step for Embraer’s largest jet aircraft – the E195-E2 – to be certified by the CAAC said Guo Qing, general manager and vice president of commercial aviation for Embraer China. ” China is getting closer to carbon neutrality. The E195-E2 is the greenest aircraft in its class. With a maximum of 146 seats, the E195-E2 is the ideal size to cost-effectively complement larger aircraft on low-density routes, connecting regional airports and providing travelers living in secondary and tertiary cities with one-stop access to roads around the world “.
The E195-E2 entered service in 2019, with Azul as the launch company. According to Embraer, it is the most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft available today, offering 25% better fuel efficiency per seat than previous-generation E-Jets. In June 2022, the E195-E2 was successfully tested with 100% SAF fuel, confirming that the E-Jets E2 family can fly fuels up to 100% SAF without any compromise in safety or performance . Today, the E2 emits 25% less CO2 emissions compared to previous generation aircraft; this reduction can be increased up to 85% with SAF. The E190-E2, smaller than the E195-E2, obtained CAAC certification in November last year at the Zhuhai Air Show.
According to Embraer’s latest 20-year market outlook released in June, the Asia-Pacific region, including China, is expected to show a strong growth rate, increasing its RPKs by 4.4% annually over the next 20 years. The need for flexibility, complementary to narrow-body aircraft, is driving demand in the segment for aircraft up to 150 seats in China.
CAAC data shows China’s civil aviation market continues to recover, fueled by rising domestic demand. According to the CAAC, in the first five months of 2023, China’s domestic passenger traffic volume reached 224.8 million, up 135% from 2022. The domestic market has already surpassed the 2019 level since then. April 2023 due to pent-up demand following the pandemic.