São José dos Campos, Brazil, September 12th 2019 – Embraer has delivered their first E195-E2 aircraft to Azul through AerCap leasing.
The aircraft was handed over to Azul during a large delivery ceremony in attendance of various Embraer, Azul and AerCap executives, as well as the media.
Azul has 57 of the aircraft on order, of which, six are supplied from lessors and the remaining 51 are directly ordered. Another five aircraft will be delivered to the airline before the end of the year.
“Today’s delivery is a momentous occasion. It’s the largest commercial aircraft Embraer has ever built. Passengers are going to love the new interior and airlines are going to love the extraordinary operating economics.”John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation
Configured in a single-class domestic layout, Azul has installed 136 seats in their E195-E2 aircraft and will operate them on several domestic and international routes.
Jon Ostrower captured some great photos of the exterior and interior of the aircraft during the delivery ceremony:
With a maximum takeoff weight of 61.5 tonnes (135,585 lb), the Embraer E195-E2 can haul 146 passengers in a single-class layout 2,600 nautical miles (4,815 km).
This range figure comes from a full passenger load, long range cruise speed, typical reserves and a 100 nautical mile alternate availability.
At 41.5 meters long and featuring a wingspan of 35 meters, the E195-E2 is the largest commercial aircraft Embraer has built.
Powering the aircraft are two Pratt and Whitney PW1900G Geared Turbofan engines producing up to 23,000lbs of thrust. Paired with the state-of-the-art airframe aerodynamics, the aircraft offers airlines up to 25.4 percent less fuel burn compared to previous generation aircraft of the same category.
Embraer has secured 134 firm orders for the E195-E2, which equates to approximately 76.5 percent of the total E2 program backlog.
When the deal is closed, and Boeing takes over Embraer Commercial, the company will be known as Boeing Brazil Commercial, providing all goes well. This will allow Boeing to get their hands on a smaller regional aircraft, with the potential to compete against Airbus’ A220 and the Mitsubishi SpaceJet.
With greater supply chain relationships and industrial expertise Boeing will be able to market the Embraer E2 aircraft more effectively, securing more orders for the type.