UPDATE – China’s regulatory agency CAAC has granted the Embraer E190-E2 its Chinese type certificate. The E195-E2 is expected to follow soon, Embraer announced today at the Airshow China in Zhuhai. And this is good news for the Airbus A220 too… Embraer E190-E2 gets Chinese type certificate.
Embraer has been seeking type certification in China for some time, already demonstrating the capabilities of the E190-E2 with a tour in China in November 2018. This included visits to the world’s highest airports in Lhasa (Tibet) and Yushu (main picture). The approval was delayed a number of times. While the Covid crisis will have been a factor in this, so might the fact that the mature E2 is a direct competitor to the COMAC C919, which received its type certificate in September but still has to enter commercial service.
“CAAC’s certification of the E190-E2 is great news for Embraer and our prospective customers in China. Certification paves the way for significant E190-E2 business opportunities in China – data reveals that one billion people living in China’s second and third tier cities have never taken a flight”, says Arjan Meijer, President, and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, in a media statement.
Guo Qing, Managing Director and Vice President Commercial Aviation, at Embraer China, added: “We believe the E190-E2 is the best aircraft to serve low-density but high-elevation markets in western China with the right performance, more profitability.”
In its China market forecast that was released in Zhuhai this week, Embraer says that the country will require 1.445 aircraft in the 150-seat category until 2041. This demand is driven by the long-term economic growth of China, although this has reached its lowest point in years in 2022 due to the many Covid restrictions and geopolitical issues. But Embraer notes that air travel in China will evolve from a point-to-point model to the hub-and-spoke model. Embraer released its Global Market Forecast at the Farnborough Airshow in July.
Certification of the E195-E2 is expected anytime soon now. Embraer brought this model with TechLion livery to Zhuhai. The aircraft already did a demo tour in China in July 2019.
Pratt & Whitney
Another company happy with the certification in China is Pratt & Whitney, which provides the engines for the E2-series: “Pratt & Whitney is pleased to announce that the PW1500G and PW1900G engines have received the validation of type certification (VTC) issued by the Airworthiness Department of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, after confirming that all the relevant airworthiness requirements are met. This is of great significance to the global development of the Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, and will put us in an even stronger position to support the sustainable growth of Chinese civil aviation.”
And not just with Embraer, as the PW1500G is the version that powers the Airbus A220. Airbus has yet to win validation of the type certificate for its smallest family member, but this seems a step closer now that the engine has been certified. According to P&W, 280 aircraft powered by the PW1500G and PW1900G have been delivered to twenty operators and lessors worldwide, accumulating over 2.5 million operating hours.
On Tuesday, ATR announced that it had received Chinese type certification for its 42-600 turboprop.
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In 2022, he has gone full-time freelance. Richard has been contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He is also writing for Airliner World and Aviation News and until July 1 2023 in a part-time role with Dutch website and magazine Luchtvaartnieuws. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.