Singapore - Embraer has announced that the first models of the new E-Jets 2 family will require an upgrade in the engines due to problems with the durability of the combustor. Embraer's brand new E190-E2 is powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1900G turbofan.
Rodrigo Silva de Souza, vice president of marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation, said that the first E190-E2 would be delivered this year with engines "Configuration B," which have a shorter life.
The Embraer executive also said that the problem should affect less than six aircraft, whose engines will be upgraded by the end of 2018 to "Configuration C," with solutions created by Pratt & Whitney that correct the problem of durability.
Embraer is not the only manufacturer to have problems with the new Pratt & Whitney's "Pure Power" series. Airbus and Bombardier also faced durability problems in the PW1100G and PW1500G engines developed for the A320neo and CSeries jets.
The Singapore Airshow, which started today on February 6 is Embraer's first chance to introduce the E190-E2 in Asia. In addition to the new commercial jet, the manufacturer also brought the Legacy 500 and Legacy 650 and Phenom 300 executive models to the event. Following the Singapore premiere, the E190-E2 will take a tour in China before returning to Brazil.
The first delivery of the E190-E2 is scheduled for April this year for Norwegian airline Widerøe. According to Mr. de Souza, the certification of the model by the ANAC is soon to happen.
E195-E2, the second variant of the E2 family is conducting flight test, with entry into service scheduled for 2019. The third variant, the E175-E2, is about to make its first flight in 2019 and reach the market by mid-2021.