Less than 45 days after its inaugural flight, the first E190-E2 prototype marked its international debut at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK on July 10.
The ferry flight from Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, to Farnborough took 12 hours and 40 minutes, with only two hours on the ground for refueling in Recife, in northeast Brazil, and then in Sal Island, in the Cape Verde archipelago, off the west coast of Africa.
“The flight was very smooth and went according to plan. Crossing the Atlantic at this stage of the flight test campaign is another great demonstration of the E190-E2 maturity, and it shows we are on the right path to a very successful program,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, COO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The first E190-E2 prototype has now racked up a total of 59 hours from the 23 flights performed since the first flight on May 23 this year. In addition to the flight test campaign, the program has also accumulated 18,000 hours of tests on rigs and in the iron bird, as well as many hours of simulation on the virtual aircraft. After the show, the aircraft will return to Brazil to continue the certification campaign.
Another important and recent program milestone was accomplished with the successful maiden flight of the second E190-E2 prototype, which took place on Friday, July 8. The aircraft flew for 2 hours and 55 minutes and will now join the flight test and certification program. The E190-E2 is scheduled to enter service during the first half of 2018.
July 15, 2016