Flight tests showed fuel burn was 17.3% better than the E1, said Rodrigo de Souza, VP Marketing in a press briefing in advance of the official show opening tomorrow.
Wideroe Airlines, the launch operator of the E190-E2, now has three in service. De Souza said initial analysis of the operations show fuel burn is even better than the flight test results, but he declined to be specific until more operations are completed with more airplanes in a few months.
Embraer claims fuel burn is 10% better than the Airbus A220.
Wideroe’s small fleet has completed 800 flight hours at an average of seven hours a day. In eight out of 11 weeks, the fleet had 100% dispatch reliability, he said.
John Slattery, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, told the media that the E2 has the quietest cabin of any in-production single-aisle aircraft. To press the point, a demonstration flight took the international group of press and television on a flight over the English Channel.
Using an App on a Samsung 9 mobile phone, this writer cruised the cabin from the rear to the cockpit measuring the decibel level. The average was 68-70db. Sitting next to the engine at cruising altitude, the db was around 74. The cockpit was a conversational 62db.
Conversation in the cabin often spiked the db meter beyond the engine noise.
Having flown a similar flight two years ago on what was then known as the Bombardier CS100, the elapsed time makes it impossible to have a good recall of that flight, other than it, too was very quiet. But no noise meter was available then.
It’s clear that the E2 is far quieter than the Airbus A320ceo and Boeing 737NG. This writer hasn’t flown on either the A320neo or the 737 MAX.
The Airbus A350 and A380 widebodies seem equally quiet, though no noise meter was available on these flights.
Embraer also released its updated 20-year forecast for the sub-100 seat and 100-150 seat sectors.
De Souza forecast 4,660 aircraft in the sub-100 sector will be needed over the next 20 years. The E175, Mitsubishi MRJ, Bombardier CRJ 700/900 and the Sukhoi SSJ compete in this sector.
The 100-150 seat sector has a demand of 5,890 aircraft, de Souza said. The competing aircraft are the E190/195, A220, A319 and Boeing 737-7. This compares with Bombardier’s year-old forecast of about 7,000. Airbus, having acquired a majority stake in the C Series program, said at the time the deal was announced last fall, the forecast in this sector was about 6,000.
Boeing and Embraer announced this month a memorandum of understanding for a joint venture in which Boeing will own 80% of the company and Embraer owns 20%.
De Souza said the E2 three-member family “perfectly compliments” Boeing’s 7-Series family, slotting in under the 737-7 MAX.
The largest E2, the E195, seats 144 in high density and about 122 in dual class. The 737-7 seats 138 in typical dual-class configuration.