Embraer received the type certificate for the E195-E2 jet from three regulatory agencies – the FAA, the European EASA and the Brazilian ANAC – on Monday.
The approval opens the way for the jet, the second of the E2 family to fly, can enter service in the second half. The launching company of the model is the Brazilian Azul Linhas Aereas, founded by David Neeleman, who ordered 57 E195-E2 aircraft.
Despite this, Embraer has not revealed when Azul will receive the first plane. More capable aircraft of the new family of jets, the E195-E2 is larger than its predecessor. It can carry up to 146 passengers and fly up to 2,600 nm (4,820 km), 18% more seats and 13% more reach than the E195-E1.
According to Embraer, the E195-E2 is even more economical than anticipated. They are 25.4% less fuel per seat than the first E195, against 24% previously expected.
Still no big customers
Despite the good performance figures, the E195-E2 still lacks a more crowded list of customers. In addition to Azul, only leasing companies have ordered the jet, such as Aircastle and AerCap.
Not to mention some buying intentions such as Air Peace’s recent request from Nigeria, Embraer has yet to convince any major airline to order its largest commercial jet. Even the US airlines, traditional customers of the Brazilian company, have preferred the smaller E175.
It is expected that after the conclusion of the deal between Embraer and Boeing for its commercial aircraft division that situation will change and the E195-E2 and its brothers can finally repeat the good performance of the E1 family.