Embraer Flies the E195-E2 ahead of schedule
Ten months after thefirst flight of the E190-E2, today Embraer performed the inaugural flight ofanother member of the E2 family, ahead of schedule. This Wednesday, theE195-E2, the largest aircraft of the family?and the most efficient aircraft inthe single aisle jet market?took off for the first time. The flight, originallyscheduled for the second half of the year, happened just three weeks after theroll out. With a 20% lower costper trip and a cost per seat similar to larger aircraft, the E195-E2 is theideal aircraft for regional business growth as well as to complement existinglow-cost business plans and mainline fleets. The airplane will save up to 24%in fuel and 20% in maintenance costs per seat, when compared to the currentE195. The E195-E2 departed at11:22 a.m., local time, from Embraer?s facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil,and flew for two hours, beginning the aircraft certification campaign. The E2 has accrued 275firm orders, being 90 for the E195-E2, in addition to 415 options, purchaserights, and letters-of-intent, totaling 690 commitments from airline customersand leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70customers in 50 countries.