Embraer on Thursday 25 February officially rolled out the first E190 E2 aircraft, the first of a new generation of E-jet single aisle airliners from Brazil. The aircraft appeared from the production hangar in a ceremony held at Embraer’s headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil. Hundreds of eployees and invited Embraer stakeholders witnessed the event.
The new jet is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW1900G engines To date, Embraer has received orders, options and letters of intent for more than 640 E-Jets E2s. Embraer is planning on the first flight of the E190-E2 to take place in 2016, with deliveries expected for 2018.
Pratt & Whitney’s collaboration with Embraer on the E2 program began in January 2013 when Embraer selected the GTF engine as the exclusive power for their second generation of E-Jets. This milestone follows the start of the PW1900G engine’s flight test program which began in November 2015.
The E2 enter a competive market with the Bombardier CSeries, Mitsubishi MRJ and Chinese designs all looking for a share. All aircraft have the Pratt & Whitney engine in common.
Granted, the numbers pale in comparison to those of Boeing and Airbus, but on its own, Brazilian aircraft builder seems to have done pretty well in 2014. The company ended the year with a total of 208 deliveries: 92 airplanes to the commercial airline market and 116 to the executive aviationmarket. On 31 December, Embraer’s firm order backlog stood at 20.9 billion USD. The company has warned for a negative cash flow in 2015 though.
Most numerous in commercial deliveries was the E175, followed in the distance by the E190 and E195. Highlight in Q4 of 2014 was the delivery to Aeromexico of the 1,100th E-Jet produced, being a E190. On the executive side, the Phenom 300 was the most produced and delivered.
The E190 is the most numerous Embraer product on order, with 580 firm orders. In total, Embraer has 459 commercial airplanes waiting to be produced.
India’s Air Costa placed a firm order for 50 Embraer E-Jet E2s with an additional 50 purchase rights on 13 February 2014.
The acquisition is a mix of 25 E190-E2s and 25 E195-E2s and has an estimated value of USD 2.94 billion based on 2014 list prices. The purchase rights are for an additional 25 E190-E2s and 25 E195-E2s, bringing the total potential order to up to 100 aircraft and can reach USD 5.88 billion if all are exercised.
Air Costa’s has pushed Embraers E-Jet order book to 200 since the E2 program was launched in June 2013. Air Costa will take delivery of the E190-E2 in 2018. The E195-E2 is scheduled to enter service in 2019. Today, the airline flies four E-Jets: two E170s and two E190s. Air Costa is based out of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
Air Costa (www.aircosta.in) is currently connecting cities in southern India such as Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Vijayawada, as well as key secondary cities in the North and Northwest of the country.
Air Costa’s E2s will feature new-design cabins. The E190-E2 will be configured with 98 seats in dual class layout, with six seats in first class, and the E195-E2 with 118 seats, with 12 seats in the first class.