Posted on: 14 July 2014 by Mark Howells
For the first time, Embraer has shown the concept design for the interior of its new E-Jets E2 family after unveiling a cabin mock-up at the air show.
Luis Carlos Affonso, senior vice-president operations and COO, Embraer Commercial Aviation, emphasised that the E2 family “is very different from what Boeing and Airbus did. We’re introducing several improvements, the biggest one being the new wings – which will be different for the 175 and the 190/195 pairing. The whole programme is a $1.7 billion investment.”
Commenting on the interiors, designed by priestmangoode in collaboration with the OEM, Affonso noted that the new first class interior, in staggered configuration, would feature a 56 inch pitch. Moreover, there will be room in the overhead bins for one roller-bag [IATA maximum recommended size of 22 in x 18 in x 10 in, or 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm] per passenger.”
priestmangoode director Paul Priestman explained that the first class configuration takes up the same footprint as the 2+1 row layout which many aircraft of a similar size use for the premium cabin. “But our layout has a more spacious feel, particularly around the shoulder area,” he commented. “Also, there is no climbing over a fellow passenger as happens on the two-seat side of a 2+1 layout. And the seat pitch for those is a maximum of around 40 inches.”
Priestman explained that all the panels above the passengers, including the passenger service units (PSUs) are modular, so if an airline wants to change the number of premium seats it is a simple matter to move the PSUs. “Moreover, the bins stay the same on each side. You don’t have a large bin on the 2-seat side and a smaller one on the 1-seat side,” he highlighted.
Embraer and prestmangoode will ensure that the E2s are ready for a variety of inflight entertainment options, from embedded screens to streaming content via WiFi to passengers own devices such as tablet computers.
“For the passenger’s own devices, we’re using a non-sticky pad to which devices will attach,” explained Priestman. His colleague and project head Daniel Macinnes added that the company will aim to add a bottom lip to the pad. “That will make the device fully secure,” he said.
Macinnes also pointed high location on the seatback of the literature racks for an airline’s safety cards and magazines. “This keeps the knee space clearer,” he pointed out, “but it is possible to have a lower pocket for a passenger’s own magazines. However, this will not be a case of the airline putting material in there and taking away the legroom. Any loss of legroom due to the passenger’s own literature will be the passenger’s own choice.”
Finally, Embraer noted that the aforementioned modular nature of the cabin is of great importance to lessors, who are more than likely to require reconfiguration of their E2 aircraft as they move from one operator to another. That task will now be much easier because of the cabin’s modular design.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net