Embraer concludes preliminary design review of the E190-E2

First model in the E2 series to compete in the 70- to 130-seat narrowbody commercial aircraft market.

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Embraer-Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (São José dos Campos, Brazil) has concluded the preliminary design review, and thus the Joint Definition Phase (JDP) of the E190-E2 jet. It has also completed wind tunnel tests for this first model of the second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial jets for the 70 to 130-seat segment, which are planned to enter service in 2018.

The next step in the development of the E190-E2 is the critical design review, when the product's maturity will be validated, enabling the production of the prototypes to begin. Furthermore, Embraer's engineering team has already flown the airplane through virtual simulations, which enable the evaluation of its flight characteristics and provides engineers with many virtual flight hours, well before the aircraft ever leaves the ground. Derived from the E190-E2 and scheduled to begin revenue service in 2019, the E195-E2 entered its Joint Definition Phase in May 2014.

Concurrent with these developments, Embraer has concluded the concept studies of the E175-E2, which is expected to enter service in 2020, commencing the preliminary studies as well as the aerodynamic wind tunnel tests. The E175-E2 model will have wings and engines that are optimized for the aircraft's size, distinctly different from the configuration that was adopted for the E190-E2 and E195-E2.

The three new airplanes (E175-E2, E190-E2, and E195-E2) have Pratt & Whitney's latest generation engines, new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and advances in other systems that will bring double-digit savings in fuel burn, maintenance costs, and CO2 emissions, in addition to a significant external noise reduction, when compared to the current generation of E-Jets.

According to Embraer, E-Jets E2 will use composite materials for flight controls (flaps, ailerons, elevators, rudder, spoilers), landing gear doors, wing-fuselage fairing, radome, among others. The decision to not use composites on the wing primary structure was made after several trade studies that showed aluminum was clearly the most cost effective low risk alternative for these aircraft.

For more detail as to which of the narrowbody and widebody aircraft feature composites and where, the report “2014-2023 Global Composite Aerostructures Market Outlook” by Composites Forecasts & Consulting (Mesa, Ariz., USA) is to be released in July. Composite airframe content for both regional and large transport aircraft will be covered in both charts and text, with analysis from principal, Chris Red, who notes, "the E2 jets compete head-on with the Bombardier C-Series at the high-end of the regional jet market. With seating capacities of 110-130 passengers, they definitely infringe upon the lower-end of the commercial-single aisle aircraft market."