Embraer launched a global demonstration tour of its E195-E2 Monday with a stop in Xiamen, China. The tour follows what Embraer called a successful debut of the airplane at June’s Paris Air Show, where the company displayed its largest jet in its “TechLion” livery. Embraer plans to fly the airplane to several destinations in China and the Asia-Pacific region—what the company sees as the model’s most promising markets—during July and August.
Last year passenger volume within China grew by a 10.9 percent rate over the year before, thanks largely to the help of favorable government policies to support regional air transport and the emergence of local requirements directed at developing second- and third-tier cities. “This will create great market potential for aircraft with up to 150 seats,” said Guan Dongyuan, senior vice president of Embraer and president of Embraer China. “We’re proud to keep pace with the growing industry, leading the regional market here with a nearly 70 percent share. Today, eight airlines operate 105 Embraer commercial aircraft in Greater China and Mongolia, which laid a solid foundation for adding the E2s to the market.”
Last November, Embraer’s baseline E190-E2 traveled almost half of China, visiting 11 cities, including Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, in 20 days. The aircraft returned in May of this year and flew from Xining to Yushu Batang Airport, which sits at an elevation of 13,000 feet above sea level.
The E195-E2 in April received type certification simultaneously from three regulatory authorities: ANAC (the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency), the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). Plans call for the airplane to enter service with Brazil’s Azul Airlines in the second half of 2019. Spanish airline Binter will also receive its E195-E2 later this year.
While featuring similar performance figures to those of the original E195, the E195-E2 carries more payload and burns 25.4 percent less fuel per seat, according to Embraer calculations. Its maximum range extends 2,600 nautical miles with a full passenger load, or 600 nm more than the E195, and it carries three more rows of seats, bringing its single-aisle capacity to 146.