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Embraer E190-E2 is granted certification by ANAC, FAA and EASA

The new Embraer E190-E2 at Farnborough

In a ceremony held on February 28, 2018 at the Company’s facilities in São José dos Campos, Embraer received Type Certificate for the E190-E2, the first member of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial aircraft, from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC), the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). It is the first time that an aircraft program with the level of complexity of the E2 receives a type certificate from three major worldwide certification authorities simultaneously.

Photo Above: Embraer.

It took just 56 months from program launch until the E190-E2 was certified. The E190-E2 features new ultra-high bypass ratio engines and a completely new wing and landing gear. Compared to the first-generation E190, 75% of the aircraft systems are new.

The flight test program comprised four prototype aircraft which were subjected to rigorous testing. The E190-E2 test fleet completed over 2,000 flight hours. Some 45,000 hours of tests were conducted in laboratories with rigs for aircraft avionics, flight controls, and electrical, hydraulic, and environmental systems.

Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, is the first airline in the world to receive the brand-new E190-E2 and will put the aircraft in revenue service in April. The airline has a contract for up to 15 E2 family jets consisting of three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 further E2 family aircraft.

Embraer recently announced some final flight test results confirming the E2 as the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market. In fuel consumption, the E190-E2 proved to be 1.3% better than originally expected, a 17.3% improvement compared to the current- generation E190.

The E190-E2 also becomes the most environmentally friendly aircraft in its class, with the lowest levels of external noise and emissions. Flight test results also confirmed the E190-E2 to be better than its original specification in takeoff performance. The aircraft’s range from airports with hot-and-high conditions, such as Denver and Mexico City, increases by 600 nm compared to current-generation aircraft. Its range from airports with short runways, such as London City, also increases by more than 1,000 nm allowing the aircraft to reach destinations like Moscow and cities in the north of Africa.

The E190-E2 will also have the longest maintenance intervals among single-aisle aircraft with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical utilization. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over ten years compared to current generation E-Jets. Another key gain is with pilot transition training time. Pilots of current-generation E-Jets will need only 2.5 days of training and no full flight simulator to be qualified to fly an E2.

Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.

Top Copyright Photo: Embraer ERJ 190-300STD (E190-E2) PR-ZEY (msn 20001) (E2 FleetSmart) FAB (Antony J. Best). Image: 933758.

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Reuters: Boeing proposes up to 90% stake in new Embraer venture

From Reuters:

Boeing has presented a plan to Brazil’s government that would give it an 80 to 90 percent stake in a new venture encompassing Embraer SA’s commercial jet business, a Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The plan Boeing presented to the government on Thursday would let it take over Embraer’s commercial operations via the creation of a new company, with defense operations remaining under the Brazilian planemaker’s control in order to meet government demands, Valor Economico reported, without citing a source.

Reuters previously reported on Friday that Boeing was seeking approval in Brasilia for a plan creating a new joint company excluding defense operations.

Valor reported that under the proposal Boeing would pay Embraer in cash when the commercial assets are transferred to the new company, with most of the proceeds then distributed to shareholders as dividends.

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Boeing and Embraer confirm discussions on potential combination

Boeing issued this statement:

The Boeing Company and Embraer have confirmed the two companies are engaged in discussions regarding a potential combination, the basis of which remains under discussion.

There is no guarantee a transaction will result from these discussions. Boeing and Embraer do not intend to make any additional comments regarding these discussions.

Any transaction would be subject to the approval of the Brazilian government and regulators, the two companies’ boards and Embraer’s shareholders.

Embraer rolls out the E195-E2

In a ceremony held on March 7, 2017 at the Company’s facilities in São José dos Campos, Embraer presented the largest aircraft of the second generation of the E2-Jets family, the most efficient aircraft in the single aisle jet market: the E195-E2 (PR-ZIJ). With the first flight scheduled for the coming months, the jet is expected to enter into service in the first half of 2019.

The E195-E2 has three additional rows of seats, when compared to the current generation E195, and it can be configured with 120 seats in two classes of service, or up to 146 in a single class. The aircraft also has a significant increase in range of 450 nautical miles, which allows trips of up to 2,450 nautical miles.

The aircraft has a dedicated wing, with the highest aspect ratio among single-aisle jets, increasing fuel efficiency. In addition to a more balanced specification, Embraer applied over 17 million hours of flight experience on today’s E-Jet fleet of over 1,300 units to come up with the optimal E2 design. For example, being designed with an intelligent combination of materials, the E195-E2 can carry 10% more passengers than a direct competitor and still have the same weight.

Embraer will use two aircraft for the E195-E2 certification campaign. The first prototype will be used for the aerodynamic and performance tests. The second prototype, which will also make its inaugural flight by the end of this year, will be used for the validation of maintenance tasks and of the interior.

Since its launch, the E2 program has reached 690 commitments, 275 of which are firm orders and 415 of which are options and purchase rights, from both airline customers and leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70 customers in 50 countries, being the global leader in the segment of aircraft with up to 130 seats, with over 50% market share.

With an investment of $1.7 billion (USD), the E2 program was launched in June 2013 and reinforces Embraer’s commitment to continuously invest in its commercial aviation products as well as maintain market leadership in the segment of 70 to 130 seats.

Photos: Embraer.

Embraer has announced a one-year delay of the introduction of the E175 E2 jet

Embraer E175-E2 (Flt)(Embraer)(LRW)

Embraer S.A.has announced that it has revised its initial projection of certification and entry into service of the E175 E2 jet from 2020 to 2021. This rescheduling is based on the following two factors:

  • Continued interest in the current generation E175 jet in the North American market; and
  • Recent negotiations between the major US airlines and their respective pilot unions during which the maximum takeoff weight restrictions for 76-seat aircraft included in the relevant scope clauses remained unchanged.

The next round of negotiations between the major US airlines and their respective pilot unions is scheduled to occur in 2019 at which time such restrictions may be revisited.

The expected timeframes of certification and entry into service for the other models of this family of aircraft, the E190 E2 and the E195 E2, continue unchanged and should occur in the first half of 2018 and in 2019, respectively. The Company reiterates that the development and certification program of these aircraft is progressing as expected.

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The Company’s firm order backlog for aircraft in the E2 family also remains unchanged, with the following orders in backlog:

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Boeing and Embraer unveil its newest E170 ecoDemonstrator aircraft

Boeing Embraer ERJ 170 EcoDemonstrator (Boeing)(LRW)

Boeing and Embraer S.A. unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program on July 7. The program expands Boeing and Embraer’s cooperation agreement and will test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace.

An Embraer E170 will serve as the flying testbed and will feature advanced environmental technologies that will undergo operational testing in Brazil during August and September.

The ecoDemonstrator flights will test several technologies designed to reduce carbon emissions, fuel use and noise including

  • LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology using lasers to measure air data parameters such as true airspeed, angle of attack and outside air temperature. LIDAR shows potential to increase air data reliability by complementing current sensors, which could lead to further innovations that improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
  • An “ice phobic” paint designed to reduce icing and help prevent accumulation of dirt and bugs due to its low adhesive property. The special paint can help operators save water by reducing the need for frequent aircraft washing.
  • A new wing design with improved slats to reduce noise on takeoff and approach.
  • Special sensors and air visualization techniques near the wing surface to better understand in-flight aerodynamics. This analysis could lead to further innovations to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, such as new wing designs.
  • A Brazilian-produced biofuel blend made up of 10 percent bio-kerosene and 90 percent fossil kerosene, the maximum mixture according to international standards. Studies have shown that sustainably produced aviation biofuel emits 50 to 80 percent lower carbon emissions through its life cycle than fossil jet fuel.

The ecoDemonstrator tests illustrate Boeing and Embraer’s continued investments to improve fuel efficiency and environmental performance of aircraft and meet the new carbon emissions standard announced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) earlier this year.

The ecoDemonstrator collaboration expands a relationship that began in 2012 when Boeing and Embraer signed a cooperation agreement to benefit their customers, their companies and the global aviation industry. Since then, Boeing and Embraer have supported Embraer’s KC-390 defense aircraft program and improved runway safety by providing commercial customers with tools to reduce runway excursions. Last year Boeing and Embraer opened a joint biofuel research center in São José dos Campos to perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

To date, the ecoDemonstrator program has tested more than 50 technologies, using a Next-Generation 737-800 (2012), 787 (2014) and 757 (2015) as flying testbeds.

Photo: Boeing.

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Embraer reports a record order backlog

Embraer (Sao Jose dos Campos) has issued this update:

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In the end of the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), Embraer’s  firm order backlog reached $22.9 billion (USD), the highest level in the Company’s history. At the end of the previous quarter, in March 2015, the firm order backlog totaled $20.4 billion.

During 2Q15, the Company delivered 27 jets to the commercial aviation market and 33 jets to the business aviation market, for a total of 60 aircraft – compared to 58 aircraft delivered the same period last year.

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The main highlights of the quarter were $2.6 billion in firm orders at current list prices, announced at the Paris International Air Show. This included seven E190 for China’s Colorful Guizhou Airlines, eight E175 for SkyWest Airlines, which will be operated for Alaska Airlines, ten E175 for United Express and 15 E190-E2 and ten E195-E2 for the lessor Aircastle – excluding options and purchase rights under the contracts.

In May, Embraer had already announced an order for 22 aircraft (20 E195 and two E190-E2) from Tianjin Airlines, making it the first Chinese airline to order the E-Jets E2. In the same period, another contract was announced with Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras SA for the firm order of 30 E195-E2 jets.

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