Embraer E190-E2 "Shark" completes world tour

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Sao Paulo - Embraer has announced that the E190-E2 with a special "Shark" livery has completed its five-month global demonstration tour.

Launched at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK last July, the E190-E2 Shark visited 39 countries and was presented to 120 airlines in 68 cities. Embraer's re-engineered E190-E2 jet has traveled more than 125,000 miles (231,000 km) in addition to 350 hours of demonstration flights.

In this period, the next-gen regional jet also attended at the 12th China Aviation and Aerospace International Expo in Zhuhai last month. During its world tour, the E190-E2 landed at airports facing several operational challenges such as short runways like London City Airport, and high altitudes such as Tibet and Nepal. The aircraft also flew to remote places on the planet, such as Kiribati, in Oceania.

Rodrigo Silva e Souza, vice president of marketing at Embraer Commercial Aviation, explained the main goal of the tour as to demonstrate the features that make the E190-E2 unique in its class.

The tour allowed airlines to see what the E190-E2 can offer at first hand in terms of operational performance while retaining the same space in the passenger cabin that made the first generation of E-Jets popular for operators.

The E190-E2 is the first of three new E-Jets E2 developed by Embraer to succeed its first-generation E-Jets. Compared to the E190, the E190-E2 consumes 17.3% less fuel and almost 10% less than its direct competitor making it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft in the market, the manufacturer claims.

The E190-E2 brings more flexibility with a maximum range of up to 1832 nautical miles (3393 km), about 540 nautical miles (1,000 km) more than the first generation E190.

It also generates significant savings in maintenance costs thanks to its long maintenance intervals (10,000 flight hours for basic checks.)