Feb. 24, 2016, © Leeham Co., Sao Jose dos Campos: The new Embraer EJet E2 will have 450nm more range than the previously advertised 1,920nm, the company announced today.
Luis Carlos Affonso, senior vice president of Embraer Commercial Aircraft, announced the change during media briefings in advance of the E190-E2 rollout tomorrow at the EMB plant here.
The 195-E2 will have an increase in the MTOW for increased range. The wing span is also increased slightly (4.6 ft) for better hot and high performance. The MTOW is increased by 2,000kg.
In hot-high airports, the range improvements are about 250nm.
The larger wing means the E2 family has three different wings, said Affonso.
Affonso said the E2 has the same seat mile costs as the larger Airbus A320neo because Embraer invested in more than just a new engine. The E2 has a new wing, new fly by wire systems and other aerodynamic improvements, compared with the minor changes pursued by Airbus.
(Boeing undertook some aerodynamic improvements on the 737 MAX, but these are more modest.)
The E2 will have a new interior with larger overhead bins and a new first class concept, among other interior improvements.
The first 195-E2 is in production. The 175-E2 has a new, different wing vs the other E2s. Design freeze is expected this summer.
The most efficient way to improve the wing is to increase the span rather than using winglets, Affonso said.
The 195-E2 is probably at its limit in fuselage length, on part because rotation would be affected with a longer tube, Affonso said.
The E2 will be produced on the same assembly line as the current E1. Both will be produced during the transition between the E2 and the E1, a period of three years. The production gap has been bridged successfully, he said.
Business production is migrating to Florida, freeing space here for future E2 production growth. The E2 wing production will occur here rather than overseas, increasing production efficiency and reducing costs by eliminating shipping.