Posted on: 24 June 2014 by Mark Howells
As Embraer announced that it had concluded the Joint Definition Phase (JDP) of the E190-E2 aircraft, the company also revealed that it will be displaying a mock-up of the aircraft’s new cabin interior at the forthcoming Farnborough Air Show (14-20 July).
The company has also completed the windtunnel tests of the E190-E2, which will be the first model of the second generation of the E-Jets family to enter service in 2018.
The next step in the development of the E190-E2 is the critical design review, when the product’s maturity will be validated, enabling the production of prototypes to begin. Embraer’s engineering team has already flown the aircraft through virtual simulations, which enable the evaluation of its flight characteristics and provide engineers with many virtual flight hours, well before the aircraft ever leaves the ground. Derived from the E190-E2 and scheduled to begin revenue service in 2019, the E195-E2 entered its JDP in May 2014. Concurrent with these developments, Embraer has concluded the concept studies of the E175-E2, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.
The cabin interior for the E2 family has been designed in collaboration with design house, priestmangoode. The first images of the interior show a first class section featuring a staggered seat formation.
Meanwhile, Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO, Paulo Cesar Silva, reiterated to reporters comments made recently at the RAA Convention that in the company’s belief, there “will be a new wave of current generation E175 sales, possibly another 300-400, between 2015 and 2018-19. We will see elimination of 50-seat RJs and replacement of the old 70 regional jets”.
The potential for the E175 in the US regional market reflects the worldwide ‘usage split’ which shows that 88% of all E170/175s are operated by regionals, with 10% by full-service carriers and 2% by low-fare airlines. For the E190/195 pairing the split is 27% LFAs, 38% FSCs and 35% regional. The split of airline operations over the complete E-Jet family is 15% LFAs, 24% FSCs and 61% with regionals.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net