Embraer’s E175-E2 has made its inaugural flight this from the company’s facility at São José dos Campos, Brazil.
The E175-E2, which is the third member of the company’s E-Jets E2 family is now undergoing a 2 year flight-test campaign.
John Slattery, CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation said, “The flight of the E175-E2 marks the completion of our vision to produce a family of commercial aircraft that bring unparalleled cost savings to our customers, exceptional comfort for their passengers, and fewer emissions for the planet,
“The E190-E2 and the E195-E2 are already stellar performers. The E175-E2 is just as impressive. We’re eager to get working on certification.”
Embraer’s Captain Mozart Louzada commanded the aircraft along with first officer Wander Almodovar Golfetto, and flight engineers Gilberto Meira Cardoso and Mario Ito. The aircraft took off and landed with fly-by-wire (FBW) controls in normal mode. The crew evaluated aircraft performance, flight quality and systems behavior.
Embraer will use three aircraft for the E175-E2 certification campaign. The first and second prototypes will be used for aerodynamic, performance and system tests. The third prototype will be used to validate maintenance tasks and will be outfitted with interior furnishings.
The E175-E2 is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1700G engines and features a redesigned wing, full fly-by-wire controls and new landing gear. According to Embraer, 75% of the aircraft’s systems are new compared to the first-generation E175.
The E175-E2 has one additional row of seats compared to the first-generation E175 and can be configured with 80 seats in two classes, or up to 90 in a single class. The airplane will save up to 16% in fuel and 25% in maintenance costs per seat compared to the E175.
E-Jets are flying in the fleets of 80 customers from 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline network carriers.