First flight for Embraer E195-E2

Embraer E195-E2 first flight.

The Embraer E195-E2 during its first flight. (Photo: Embraer)

The Embraer E195-E2 has made its maiden flight on 29 March, ten months after the first flight of the E190-E2. The flight was originally scheduled for the second half of the year, but – very unusual in the aircraft industry – the E195-E2 took off months ahead of schedule.

The E195-E2 is the second and largest aircraft of Embraer’s new three-member E-Jet E2 family. Embraer claims that the aircraft uses 20 per cent less fuel per trip than the first generation E195.

The E195-E2 departed at 11.22 am local time, from Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil, and flew for two hours. The crew tested aircraft performance, flight quality and systems behavior such as autopilot, fly-by-wire in direct mode, and landing gear retraction.

The E195-E2 has 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in) more wingspan than the E190-E2, which makes it the single-aisle jet with the highest aspect ratio. The E195-E2 also has three additional rows of seats. It accommodates 120 passengers in a two-class configuration or up to 146 in a single class layout. Range is increased with 450 nm (833 km), up to 2,450 nm (4,537 km).

Embraer will use two aircraft for the E195-E2 certification campaign. The second prototype’s first flight is expected by the end of this year.

Entry into service of the E195-E2 is planned for the first half of 2019. The first operator will be Azul Brazilian Airlines. Embraer holds orders for 90 E195-E2 jets on a total of 275 firm E-Jet E2 orders.

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