Sao Paulo - Embraer E195-E2, the largest commercial jet ever built in Brazil, might be the new best-selling Embraer model, especially in the Americas.
Brazilian manufacturer's new jet with up to 146 seats can offer new opportunities to the US airlines looking for small narrowbody aircraft, and Latin American carriers wishing to replace their first-generation E-Jets.
Spirit Airlines and United Airlines, among others, are the carriers who interested in the new Embraer E195-E2 in the United States. In Latin America, the airplane may be an option for Aeromexico and Austral Lineas Aereas who are looking for substitutes for their aging E190s.
The certification campaign of the E195-E2 is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2019. The first operator of the aircraft will be Brazilian operator Azul. The airline plans to debut its first Embraer E195-E2 for commercial operations by the second half of the next year.
The sales of E2 family jets recently have lagged behind those of the Airbus A220 (402 A220 firm orders against the 132 E-Jet E2), which recorded a substantial increase in sales after Airbus took over the majority share of the CSeries program from Bombardier in July.
JetBlue, which was in the midst of a campaign to replace its 60 E190s, eventually chose the A220-300.
The partnership between Airbus and Bombardier created a seismic shift in the dynamics of market competitiveness, said John Slattery, president, and CEO of Embraer. In response, Boeing and Embraer began setting up their own venture to compete with the Airbus and Bombardier.
Slattery thinks that joining a brand like Boeing in some way will be met positively by the market. Boeing and Embraer are in the final phase of negotiations for the creation of a new joint venture of which the 80% will be owned by Boeing.
Brazilian manufacturer has already a good intimacy with US carriers. American Airlines, Delta and United who are big customers of the E175. A partnership between Boeing and Embraer could boost the sales of new generation E-Jets as it was the case with the Airbus A220.
Embraer delivered the first E190-E2 to Norwegian Widerøe in April this year and plans to deliver more copies to Air Astana, Kazakhstan, and Fuzhou Airlines by the end of this year.