Sao Paulo - On November 18, the second prototype of the E-195-E2 jet, the largest model of the new E-Jets E2 family, took off at Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos (SP).
According to the South American manufacturer, the inaugural flight of the test aircraft lasted three hours and it has already carried out three other flights during the week.
The new prototype is the sixth test model of the new E2 series manufactured by Embraer. In addition to the first E195-E2, which flew for the first time in March this year, the South American manufacturer also works on flight tests for certification with four other E190-E2 prototypes, which are already in the final stages of certification for commercial aviation.
New prototype will be used in the final phase of certification of the aircraft; The first operator will be Azul, from 2019.
According to Embraer, the second E195-E2 test is intended for validation tests of maintenance processes and the passenger cabin. The first prototype has been used in performance tests.
The E195-E2 has three additional rows of seats compared to the current E195 and can be configured with 120 seats in two classes or up to 146 in a single class. The aircraft also has a significant increase in range over the current model of more than 800 kilometers (432 NM), up to 4500 kilometers (2796 NM).
With the 351 meters wingspan and 41.5 meters in length, it is the largest airliner ever built in the national territory.
The first operator of the new E195 will be Azul, starting in 2019. Altogether, the company ordered 30 new generation aircraft. Embraer already has more than 100 orders in its order book for its re-engineered airliner. Other customers of the new model will be companies such as Japan's JAL and China's Tianjin Airlines.