In a ceremony held Feb. 28, 2018, at the company's facilities in São José dos Campos, Brazil, Embraer received the type certificate for the E190-E2, the first member of the E-Jets E2 commercial aircraft family, from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC), the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). It is the first time that an aircraft program with the level of complexity of the E2 has received a type certificate from three major worldwide certification authorities simultaneously.
It took 56 months from program launch until the E190-E2 was certified. The E190-E2 features ultra-high bypass ratio engines and a completely new wing and landing gear. Compared to the first-generation E190, 75% of the aircraft systems are new.
“Having had the pleasure of launching the E-Jets E2 family back in 2013, it is very emotional for me to see the E190-E2 reach type certificate today, on schedule, and on budget. Our development teams have once again excelled in their creativity, dedication, and competence. Not only all development targets were met, but several important ones like fuel burn, performance, noise, and maintenance costs came in better than originally specified,” said Embraer President & CEO Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva. “I want to congratulate all the teams involved in the program, everyone at Embraer played a part in this tremendous achievement.”
“Today’s certification of the E190-E2 marks a pivotal milestone in the program. It’s reasonable to now anticipate an acceleration of commercial discussions with operators around the globe,” said John Slattery, president & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Today, many of the campaigns involving the E190-E2 and it’s bigger sibling the E195-E2 are with new operators for Embraer – and that’s very encouraging as we continue our trajectory towards 100 E-Jets operators around the world.”
The E190-E2 test fleet team of four prototype aircraft completed more than 2,000 flight hours. Some 45,000 hours of tests were conducted in laboratories with rigs for aircraft avionics, flight controls, and electrical, hydraulic, and environmental systems.
In fuel consumption, the E190-E2 proved to be 1.3% better than originally expected, a 17.3% improvement compared to the current- generation E190. Flight test results also confirmed the E190-E2 to be better than its original specification in takeoff performance.
Pilots of current-generation E-Jets will need only 2.5 days of training and no full flight simulator to be qualified to fly an E2.
Scandinavian regional airline Widerøe is the first airline to receive the E190-E2 and will put the aircraft in revenue service in April. The airline has a contract for up to 15 E2 family jets consisting of three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 further E2 family aircraft.