Embraer’s newest passenger aircraft, the E195-E2, is ready for service. The Brazilian manufacturer has made the first delivery to Irish leasing company AerCap and launch operator Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (Azul Brazilian Airlines) on September 12, 2019.
The E195-E2 is the largest of the three members of the Embraer E-Jets E2 family, hich also includes the E190-E2 and E175-E2, succeeding the original E-jets. Seating between 120 and 146 passengers (depending on configuration), the E195-E2 has three additional rows of seats, when compared to the current generation E195.
The regional jet received its type certification from three regulatory authorities: ANAC, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil); the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) in April 2019.
Azul (AZUL) , the global launch operator of the new jet, placed its first order for 30 E195-E2s in 2015, expanding it later to a total of 51. Besides the first aircraft, five other newcomer jets are expected to join the Brazilian airline’s fleet by the end of 2019.
When compared to Airbus A220-100, often described as directly competing aircraft, the sales of Embraer jet are strong. As of the end of Q2 2019, E195-E2 has accumulated 124 firm orders and 50 options. The regional jet by Airbus, which entered service three years ago, had only 90 orders as of August 31, 2019.
The E195-E2 is also the more popular of the two certified E2 family variants that already have type certification. The E190-E2, in service since April 2018, has 44 firm orders and 61 optional.