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E195-E2 Rolled Out

Embraer has rolled out the first E195-E2 at its São José dos Campos facility near São Paulo, Brazil.  The type is the largest of the second-generation E2-Jet Family and offers three more rows of seats than the current generation E195.  It has been designed to carry 120 passengers in a two-class layout or 146 in a single class configuration with a 450-nautical mile (833km) increase in range over the current generation model, enabling trips of up to 2,450 nautical miles (4,537km).

“The E195-E2 has the potential to significantly change the fleet profile of airlines around the world. With a 20% lower cost per trip and a cost per seat similar to larger aircraft, the E195-E2 becomes the ideal aircraft for regional business growth as well as low-cost business plans and complementing existing mainline fleets” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

Embraer says the E195-E2’s wing has the highest aspect ratio among single-aisle jets, improving the jet’s fuel efficiency.  The Brazilian manufacturer also claims that the aircraft’s “intelligent combination of materials” enables it to carry 10% more passengers than its direct competition and still have the same weight.

Luís Carlos Affonso, COO, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said: “We introduced in the proven E-Jets platform all new technologies that would add value to customers.  One example is the fourth generation of fly-by-wire, which allowed a 20% reduction of the empennage area, minimising drag and weight.  The airplane will save up to 24% in fuel and 20% in maintenance costs per seat, when compared to the current E195.  A portion of these savings will be achieved with the new engine technology, but the greatest competitive advantage of the E195-E2 lies in the optimisation of its structure and of its various systems.”

Two aircraft will be used for the E195-E2 certification campaign.  The initial prototype, PR-ZIJ (c/n 19020005), will be used for the aerodynamic and performance tests, with the second airframe used for the validation of maintenance tasks and the interior.  Both aircraft will be flying by the end of the year.  The E195-E2 is expected to enter service in the first half of 2019.

bmi regional Launches from Birmingham

bmi regional has opened its new base at Birmingham with the launch of flights to Graz, Austria.

Flight BM1401 operated for the first time on February 27.  The service is designed to tap into the strong automotive ties between the two cities, with the schedule built around corporate clients’ requirements.  It will initially operate on Mondays and Fridays, rising to four times weekly in March.

A single Embraer ERJ will be based at Birmingham with additional routes to Gothenburg and Nuremberg launching on May 8.

Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer for bmi regional, told Airliner World that the carrier’s research pointed to an untapped market from Birmingham. “They might not necessarily be huge markets but given the size of our aircraft we don’t necessarily need huge markets,” he said.  “That’s where the research very quickly pointed towards Graz.  Nuremberg was hot on its heels in terms of the automotive suppliers based there and Gothenburg has historical ties [to the airline].”

Schnadt said that despite a short lead-in time to the launch, forward bookings had been encouraging.

“With Graz in particular we have very strong engagement with some really key companies. They have also dictated the schedules to a large extent,” he explained.  “Everybody talks about satisfying the customers, and the same of course applies to us, but I think what is unique to us is we go to great lengths designing networks and schedules around customers’ specific needs.  The schedule you see for Graz is a classic example where it is driven by a particular corporate [client].”

One passenger who Airliner World spoke to said the new direct flight will save him a minimum of two hours travelling each week; previously he had to route via either Vienna, Munich or Frankfurt.

Staff from bmi regional and Birmingham Airport celebrate the launch of the carrier’s new base. Key-James Ronayne

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: “All three routes are currently unserved from Birmingham, so we thank bmi regional for filling these gaps and offering leisure travellers the chance to visit these vibrant city break destinations in Sweden, Austria and Germany with an airline that offers excellent service, efficiency and value.”


SSG E-170 Evo Updated

Supercritical Simulation Group has updated the Embraer E-170 Evolution to version 1.05.

The X-Plane 10 and 11 versions are separate files and it is high recommended it update.

X-Plane 10 changes:

  • Tuned fuel consumption
  • Fixed bug issue in the synoptic display
  • Fixed APU bug issue
  • Fixed bug in the AP
  • Auto brake tuned
  • Descent speed at Perf init fixed
  • Removed the TD and TC from the Flight plan in the MCDU.
  • Flight Performance tuned
  • Engine Performance tuned

X-Plane 11 Beta version

  • Replacing .acf file no more needed
  • Fuel flow in XP11 is better tuned especially at IDLE.
  • Tuned fuel consumption
  • Fixed bug issue in the synoptic display
  • Fixed APU bug issue
  • Fixed bug in the AP
  • Fixed issue with Auto Throttle
  • Auto brake tuned
  • Descent speed at Perf init fixed
  • Removed the TD and TC from the Flight plan in the MCDU.
  • Flight Performance tuned
  • Engine Performance tuned

The update is free for all E-170 Evo purchasers.

Click here for more information on x-plane.org

Embraer Reveals E2 Launch Customer

Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe has been confirmed as launch customer for the Embraer 190-E2, the first member of the Brazilian manufacturer’s second generation E-Jet family.

The airline signed a contract on January 17 for up to 15 aircraft, consisting of three firm orders for E190-E2s and purchase rights for a further 12 examples (variant unspecified).  The total deal is potentially valued at up to $873m if all options are exercised, with initial deliveries expected to take place during the first half of 2018.

John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation remarked: “The market is keen to know the identity of the E190-E2 launch operator and we’re pleased to end that suspense on this Valentine’s Day – Widerøe is the ‘perfect match’.  The airline has a special place in our hearts; they are proven pioneers in their field who have achieved major success and remain hugely ambitious, similar in many ways to the path taken by Embraer.”

The prototype E190-E2 during its maiden flight on May 23, 2016. (Embraer)

Stein Nilsen, Widerøe’s CEO commented: “We will be very proud to be the first airline in the world to operate the E190-E2.  Knowing the hard-work Embraer is putting into the certification campaign, especially in terms of maturity, we have every confidence in a smooth entry into service.  The E190-E2 will be a big leap in our history, and planning for the first deliveries is now well underway.”

E-Jets for Airlink

Independent regional carrier Airlink is leasing three Embraer 170s and two E190s from ECC Leasing.  The aircraft will start arriving with the South African airline in the first half of the year.  Airlink already operates a large fleet of Embraers consisting of ERJ 135, ERJ 140 and ERJ 145 variants.

Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink, said: “This is the beginning of the implementation of a well-planned growth and modernisation strategy for Airlink that includes replacing our current fleet of Avro RJ85s over the next three years.”

Airlink plans to acquire 13 E-Jets in total and is currently sourcing the additional eight.  The aircraft are suited to the airline’s operating environment including short field and hot and high flying.

Foster added: “The E190’s ETOPS [Extended Twin Engine Operations] capability and range present Airlink with new market opportunities to address isolated destinations that were previously beyond our reach and in some instances that have never enjoyed the privilege of reliable scheduled air services.”

Widerøe Opts for E2s

Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe has concluded a deal to acquire up to 15 Embraer E-Jet E2s.  The agreement, announced on January 17, is valued at up to $873m and includes three firm orders for the E190-E2, along with purchase options for an additional 12 E2 family aircraft.

Commenting on the deal, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s Chief Commercial Officer Arjan Meijer said: “It’s always an important moment for us when we add a new airline to our family of operators.  It’s even better to be part of a step change in that customer’s operations – our next generation E190-E2s will also be the first jets in Widerøe’s fleet.  The opportunities for both Embraer and Widerøe as the airline seeks to expand and move beyond only turboprop operations, present an exciting future.  A great way to start 2017.”

Widerøe CEO Stein Nilsen added: “Our decision to choose the Embraer family of next generation E2 aircraft for our move into jet operations is based on the need for a high quality passenger experience, ease and flexibility of operations, and lowest through life costs.  The result of our evaluation determined the E2 family of aircraft, coupled with Embraer’s world class customer support, as the best solution for our airline.  We’re excited at the prospect of being among the first operators of Embraer’s next generation of aircraft, which feature significant environmental improvements in both noise and fuel efficiency while still improving performance.  The flexibility offered by Embraer’s family of same type rated E2 aircraft will enable us to build a right sized fleet, as a supplement to our existing fleet, in accordance with market requirements.”

Widerøe will configure its incoming E2s, deliveries of which are planned for 2018, in a 114-seat, single-class layout.  The deal increases Embraer’s backlog for the type to 275 firm orders, plus 415 commitments.

Borajet Agrees E2 Deal

Turkish carrier Borajet Airlines has confirmed “long term” lease deals with AerCap for three Embraer E190-E2s and two E195-E2s.  Deliveries will begin in 2018 and the jets will come from AerCap’s existing order book.  The agreement was announced at the Istanbul Airshow on October 6.

Fatih Akol, Chairman of Borajet Airlines, said: “We are the fastest growing regional airline in Europe.  We are adding to our fleet because of this success which is based on our strategy and the operation of current generation Embraer Jets.  Borajet’s future plans include the addition of further next generation Embraer aircraft to our fleet.”

Akol said the five E2 jets leased from AerCap were just the start of an ambitious $1.5bn investment strategy.

“Our investment is proof of our commitment to, and confidence in, the Turkish airline industry,” the Borajet CEO proclaimed.  “With special thanks to our passengers who have supported us and demanded this growth, we will continue to give our guests the ‘private aircraft comfort’ and quality of service they have learned to expect from Borajet.”

AerCap is the launch lessor for Embraer’s E2 Family with a total of 50 E190-E2s and E195-E2s on order.

Arjan Meijer, Vice President, Europe & Middle East, Embraer Commercial Aviation, highlighted the commonality benefits Borajet will gain.  “For Borajet, the cockpit commonality between the E-Jets generations, which requires less than three days of transition, minimises training costs, reduces complexity, and provides greater operational flexibility in aircrew utilisation.”

Japan Airlines Extends Service Support

Embraer has signed an extension of its Flight Hour Pool Program with Japan Airlines for its subsidiary J-AIR’s growing fleet of E170s and E190s.  The agreement, covering the next ten years, comprises more than 300 individual parts and has been designed to minimise the airline’s upfront investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources.  This represents significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, a reduction in warehousing space and virtually eliminates the need for repair management resources.

Tetsuya Onuki, President of J-AIR Corporation, explained: “In our operations where reliability is key, Embraer’s pool program gives us an assurance of materials and services support, at any time and at any place, and more importantly at a predictable cost.  Embraer has been a dependable partner over the years and we count on their support as we enter the next phase of the our E170 and E190 operations.”

Colorful Guizhou Pens Embraer Deal

Chinese carrier Colorful Guizhou Airlines has signed a deal for up to five Embraer 190s, valued at $249m at current list prices.  The agreement consists of two firm orders and three purchase rights, with the former scheduled for delivery next year.

“As a newly-established and the first locally-owned airline in Guizhou province, Colorful Guizhou Airlines needs mature aircraft and services to guarantee our steady operation,” explained Zhai Yan, Chairman of Guizhou Industrial Investment (Group) and Chairman of Colorful Guizhou Airlines.

“Based on the aircraft’s performance during the past eight months, we are glad we picked Embraer’s E190, an aircraft model with good economy, unparalleled cabin comfort, and high reliability, which has enabled us to provide passengers with a good travel experience.  We hope that the E190 fleet can help us build a sky passageway inside and beyond Guizhou province, and eventually contribute to improving the connectivity of China’s Southwest Region.”

The latest order is a follow on to the deal for seven E190s the carrier signed at the Paris Air Show in June 2015, four of which have now been delivered.

Guan Dongyuan, Senior Vice President of Embraer and President of Embraer China, welcomed the new order.  “Colorful Guizhou Airlines’ decision to purchase more E190s means a lot to Embraer,” he said.

“It is not only a recognition of our aircraft already in operation, but also a demonstration of the sincere trust between Embraer and Colorful Guizhou.  As a manufacturer, as well as a service provider, Embraer China team will continue to be devoted to customer services and support, to safeguard the smooth operation of our customers.  We deeply appreciate Colorful Guizhou’s trust and Embraer will be a loyal partner of Colorful Guizhou along this road to a brighter future.”

Guo Qing, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Commercial Aviation, Embraer China, added: “China is among the most dynamic aviation markets in the world, and Guiyang is an important potential hub in southwestern China and we are glad to be part of it with Colorful Guizhou Airlines.”

The low-cost regional carrier currently operates a network of nine domestic routes and has transported more than 140,000 passengers over the past eight months.



First Phenom for Etihad Flight College

Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 100E to Etihad Flight College.

The twin jet, which is registered A6-EFC (c/n 50000369), was delivered to the college’s Al Ain base in the UAE on June 12, following a ten-day delivery flight from Embraer’s manufacturing base in São José dos Campos, Brazil.  A second aircraft is due to arrive later this month with a further two jets following in early 2017.

The Phenoms will be used to instruct students on the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) course.

Philip Chandler, Etihad Flight College’s General Manager, said: “Our flight college is a world-class training facility, producing a constant stream of well trained, highly-skilled pilots – the majority of whom are Emirati – for the growing operations of Etihad Airways.  The Phenom 100E is an exciting new asset for Etihad Flight College. The airline-grade technology, performance and reliability make the Phenom an ideal initial training aircraft to prepare our students for line operations.”

Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President and Chief Executive Officer, Embraer Executive Jets, added: “Designed for high utilisation, with a pilot-friendly cockpit and docile flying qualities, the Phenom 100E is considered an obvious choice by airlines to prepare its cadets for jet operations.  I’m glad to start delivery of Etihad Flight College’s Phenom 100E fleet, which will be the first flight school to use the aircraft in the initial phase of flying training.”

Once delivered, the four new aircraft will bring the number of aircraft in Etihad Flight College’s fleet to 22.  This also includes ten Cessna 172SP Skyhawk, six Diamond DA42NG, and two EXTRA 300 aircraft.

There are 186 pilots currently engaged in training with the college.  In addition to providing pilots for Etihad Airways, the college also trains them for Alitalia and Air Seychelles.