Sao Paulo - The E190-E2, the first model of the Embraer E2-Jets, has obtained type certification from ANAC (Brazil), the FAA (United States) and EASA (Europe), paving the way for its entry into service in April at the Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe.
The new-generation Embraer E190-E2 jet is now one step away from starting its commercial aviation career. The manufacturer was awarded the triple certification by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), FAA (American equivalent) and EASA (Europe), which released the aircraft for commercial flights.
The certification of the E190-E2 is a crucial milestone in the program. It is reasonable to admit now that business discussions with operators around the world will be accelerated,said John Slattery, president, and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
It is the first time that an aircraft program with the level of complexity of E2 simultaneously receives a type certificate from three major global certification authorities, according to Embraer. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer also notes that this approval comes only four years and eight months after the launch of the program at the Paris Air Show 2013.
The flight test campaign was conducted with four prototypes that accumulated 2,000 flight hours, while 45,000 hours of tests were performed on the ground.
The aircraft maintains the same capacity of passengers (from 100 to 114) of the first E190 but brings a series of technological innovations that facilitate its controls and, mainly, reduce the fuel consumption. The E2 consumes 17.3% less fuel than the first-generation model, which allows for longer flights. The E190-E2 has a range of 5,330 km (3312 NM), against 4,540 km (2821 NM) of the E190.
Embraer said last month that the E190-E2's flight tests showed better performance than the original fuel consumption or takeoff specifications.
The main innovations in the aircraft are 100% computerized flight commands, called full Fly-by-Wire in the industry, and the Pratt & Whitney's PW1900G turbofan engines of the new PurePower line, which are also used in jets such as the Airbus A320neo and the Bombardier CSeries. The new Embraer jet also uses a new, larger wing design.
In addition to the new E190, which is the E2 family's mid-range jet, the series also includes the E195-E2 that is scheduled to launch in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020.
To date, Embraer has received more than 700 orders for new E2 series jets.