Azul Brazilian Airlines is the largest operator of the currentgeneration E195 jets and has orders for up to 50 E195E2 aircraft

Azul Brazilian Airlines is the largest operator of the current-generation E195 jets, and has orders for up to 50 E195-E2 aircraft.

Embraer Introduces Final Variant of New Jet

E195-E2 -- the last and largest of the E-Jets E2 series – will have Azul Brazilian Airlines as its launch customer $1.7-billion program Orders for 690 aircraft Entering service in 2019

Brazilian jet-builder Embraer S.A. unveiled the E195-E2 twin-engine jet for the first time this week, and followed up by naming Azul Brazilian Airlines as the launch customer for the extended-model regional aircraft. The E195-E2 is the last and largest of the E-Jets E2 series of medium-range aircraft, the first of which will be delivered next year.

In 2013, Embraer announced a $1.7-billion program to remodel its E-Jets regional aircraft, to offer 16-24% lower fuel-burn rates and 15-25% lower maintenance costs. The three variants -- E175-E2, E190-E2, and E195-E2 – have a common fuselage design but different lengths, and each has a different wing design. The jets are powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared-turbofan engines.

To date, Embraer has firm orders from airlines and leasing companies for 275 E-Jets E2 aircraft, with “letters of intent,” options, and purchase rights totaling 415 more aircraft.

The E195-E2 has three extra rows of seats compared to the current-generation E195, and it can be configured to seat up to 120 passengers in two classes, or up to 146 in a single class.

“The E195-E2 has the potential to significantly change the fleet profile of airlines around the world,” according to John Slattery, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “With a 20% lower cost per trip and a cost per seat similar to larger aircraft, the E195-E2 becomes the ideal aircraft for regional business growth, as well as low-cost business plans and complementing existing mainline fleets.”

Azul Brazilian Airlines is the largest operator of the current-generation E195 jets, and has contracted Embraer to supply up to 50 aircraft (30 firm orders, 20 purchase options.) Presently, it has 73 E-Jets in service. The first of it E195-E2s will enter service in the first half of 2019.

“Azul played a key role in the E195-E2 development, actively participating in the design specification of the aircraft and helping Embraer design the most efficient single-aisle aircraft in the market today,” Slattery commented.

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