Embraer has performed the inaugural flight of the E195-E2, the largest aircraft of the family and the most efficient in the single aisle jet market, ahead of schedule – just three weeks after the roll out, the company said.
The E195-E2 departed from Embraer´s facility in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, and flew for two hours, beginning the aircraft certification campaign. The flight crew evaluated aircraft performance, flight quality, and systems behavior, such as autopilot, fly-by-wire in direct mode, and the landing gear retraction.
Embraer will use two aircraft for the E195-E2 certification campaign. The first prototype will be used for the aerodynamic and performance tests. The second prototype, which will also make its inaugural flight by the end of this year, will be used for the validation of maintenance tasks and of the interior. The E195-E2 will enter into service in the first half of 2019, with Azul Brazilian Airlines.
The E2 has accrued 275 firm orders, being 90 for the E195-E2, in addition to 415 options, purchase rights, and letters-of-intent, totaling 690 commitments from airline customers and leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70 customers in 50 countries, being the global leader in the segment of aircraft with up to 130 seats, with over 50% market share.
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.