Embraer will start assembly of the first E195-E2 wing soon as the company continues to target installing it on the first of the two flight test aircraft by the end of 2016. The first flight of the narrowbody aircraft is due in the second half of 2017, with entry into service beginning in 2019.
At Embraer’s main factory in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, assembly of the wing will include spars and skins manufactured at its Portugese Evora plant. Manufacturing will start with the largest of three wing sizes planned for the three E2 models.
Embraer has added 1.4m (4.6ft) to the wing design’s length, which increased the aspect ratio, improved lift-to-drag ratio and raised the maximum takeoff weight by 4,400lbs.
The changes extend the range of the E195-E2 by 450 nautical miles (taking off at sea level) and by 290 nautical miles in hot and high conditions.
November 24, 2016