June 18, 2018, © Leeham News: Bjorn Fehrm on Thursday wrote (behind the paywall) that Embraer seems to be selling the E190-E2 short when it comes to range.
Embraer’s published range is 2,850nm. But Bjorn discovered that the range is truly 3,250nm, fully 14% more than the advertised range.
I laughed out loud when Bjorn told me of this discrepancy.
Why would Embraer short-change the E190-E2’s range?
The answer was obvious to me.
When Boeing filed its trade complaint with the US government against Bombardier in 2017, the company defined the parameters of the aircraft as having 100 seats or more and a range of 2,900nm or more.
The C Series fit this description.
The E190 and E195 fit the seating definition. The published ranges did not.
It was a transparent attempt to exclude the EJets from the government’s evaluation of aircraft that compete in the 100-150 seat category.
Excluding the EJet ignored the commercial facts that the CSeries and EJets competed in campaigns up to the date of filing the complaint and in campaigns afterwards.
In January 2018, days before the US International Trade Commission was to issue its decision in the case, Flightglobal published an interview with an Embraer executive, who said the E190-E2 range was 2,900nm.
Bombardier pounced. The previous December, news leaked that Boeing and Embraer were in merger talks. Bombardier requested that the ITC reopen the record now that Embraer acknowledged the 2,900nm range. The Canadian OEM—expecting an adverse ruling from the ITC—wanted to include the EJet and charged that Boeing had been playing games by creating a definition that initially excluded the Embraer airplanes.
EMB was quick to walk back the range claim. It revised the range to 2,880nm, Flightglobal reported.
The ITC surprised everyone by ruling Boeing had not been harmed by the C Series sale to Delta Air Lines, the target of Boeing’s trade complaint.
Imagine the hubbub had the E190-E2’s range of 3,250nm been known at the time of the trade complaint. The EJet would have been caught up in the filings.
All that aside, the range now puts the E190-E2 on a par with the CS100 in range, though it is slightly smaller in passenger capacity.
Reuters reported last week that Etihad is considering cancelling or deferring its Boeing 777X orders.
Etihad is the weakest of the Big Three Middle Eastern carriers. The May 9 story is all about the airline and its dilemma in restructuring its fleet, including possibly canceling or deferring orders, including the 777X and the 787.
LNC examined wide-body production rates May 14 that also referred to Etihad’s desire to cancel or defer.