Embraer started the parts production process for the E195-E2 jet, the second model of its new E2 generation commercial aircraft. The first part of the E195-E2 prototype is a lateral rib of the stub, which is on the Central Fuselage II section. This structure is made ??of aeronautical aluminum and was manufactured at one of the modern high-speed machining centers of Embraer’s metal structures factory at São José dos Campos, Brazil.
“Just as the roll out and the maiden flight are milestones in any aeronautical program, so is the first metal cut. And it is no different with Embraer. It’s the moment when the aircraft begins to take shape, validating the thousands of hours of engineering development and the virtual drawings made in computers. The program is within the timeline set forth, and with this event, we begin to manufacture the first E195-E2 that will fly in 2017, with first deliveries taking place during the first half of 2019,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
In comparison to the E195, the E195-E2 will have three additional rows of seats. This increased capacity allows for 120 seats, in a typical two-class configuration, or 132 in a single class. The E-195E2 offers savings of 24% per seat in fuel consumption compared to the E195. And when compared to re-engined narrow-body aircraft, the E195-E2 still offers double-digit reduction in fuel consumption.
With a 2,000 mile range, the aircraft will be able to fly from Bangkok, Thailand and reach all of Southeast Asia and the greater part of China, or virtually the whole African continent from Nairobi, Kenya, and even all of South America departing from Brasilia.
The final assembly of the E2 jets and the customer delivery process will occur at Embraer’s headquarters, in São José dos Campos, at the same facilities now used to produce the current generation E-Jets. The first delivery of an E-Jet E2 (the E190-E2) is expected for the first half of 2018. The E195-E2 is scheduled to enter into service in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020.