Embraer has unveiled its prototype second generation E2 jet. The new aircraft is an upgrade of the successful E-Jet family and incorporates Pratt & Whitney PW1000G Geared Turbofan engines, a new aerodynamically advanced wing design, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems.
Speaking at the roll-out ceremony at the Brazilian firm’s São José dos Campos facility on February 25, President and CEO Paulo Cesar Silva remarked: “Today we have taken another step into the future of Embraer commercial aviation with the world premiere of our second-generation E-Jets. I’m sure that as a result of this event, the market´s interest in the E2 will grow even further, increasing the commercial success of this programme throughout the world.”
The rollout of the first E190-E2, PR-ZEY (c/n 19020001), kicks off a two-year testing and certification campaign that will include an eventual eight airframes – four E190-E2s, two E195-E2s and two E175-E2s. The new type’s first flight is expected to take place during the second half of this year with the three variants planned to enter service in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.