SAO PAULO – For the first time Embraer has made a test flight with the prototype of the new E175-E2; the smallest member of the E2 family. Embraer has not received orders for the aircraft yet, but it will be subjected to an intensive test program in the coming 2 years. Embraer is planning to complete the programme by the end of 2021.
The E175-E2 took off for the first time on December 12, 2019. After a flight of 2 hours and 18 minutes, the aircraft landed safely back at Sao Jose dos Campos, home to Embraer’s Faria Lima manufacturing complex.
The aircraft took off and landed with fly-by-wire (FBW) controls in normal mode. The maiden flight was used to evaluate aircraft performance, flight quality and systems behavior.
Youngest and smallest family member
According to Embraer, the 175-E2 can be equipped with a maximum of 90 seats and is 16 percent more efficient in terms of fuel consumption than the current Embraer 175.
In addition to the E175-E2, Embraer also offers the larger E190-E2 and E195-E2.
Embraer’s E2 Family
The Embraer E-Jet E2 family are medium-range jet airliners, succeeding Embraer’s original E-Jet. The program was launched at the Paris Air Show in 2013.
The first variant – the E190-E2 – made its first flight on May 23, 2016 and was certified on February 28, 2018 and entered service with Widerøe – a Norwegian airline company on April 24, 2018.
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