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Embraer will roll out the first jet of the second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, the E-Jets E2, on Feb. 25, 2016.
The ceremony will take place at Embraer headquarters, in São José dos Campos, and the model to be presented is the E190-E2, which has its first flight scheduled for the second half of 2016 and entry into service in 2018.
The other two aircraft of the second generation, the E195-E2 and E175-E2, are scheduled to enter service in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
“It will be gratifying to see the first E190-E2 leave the hangar towards the tests that will lead to the inaugural flight,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
“The second generation of E-Jets will allow current and future operators to incorporate aircraft that are even more modern, with significant reduction in operating cost and unmatched passenger comfort.”
With an investment of US$1.7 billion, the E-Jets E2 program was launched in June, 2013. Since then, the E2s have achieved a backlog of 267 firm orders, in addition to 373 options and purchase rights, having airlines and leasing companies among its customers.
Currently, the family of E-Jets is in operation with some 70 customers in 50 countries.
The E2 program reaffirms Embraer’s commitment to continuously invest in the company’s line of commercial jets and to maintain its leadership position in the 70 to 130-seat aircraft segment.
The aircraft will have state-of-the-art Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan high by-pass ratio engines (PW1700G on the E175-E2, PW1900G on the E190-E2 and E195-E2).
Combined with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems, the E2s will deliver significant reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise.