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Widerøe’s E190-E2 even better than planned

Embraer’s new aircraft type wins certification, and its abilities are an improvement on the original specifications.

Clearing the way for the very first delivery to the Nordic regional airline Widerøe, the first aircraft in Embraer’s new E-Jet E2 program has got its type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency, the US FAA and the Brazilian regulator ANAC.

The Brazilian manufacturer emphasised that the E190-E2’s certification arrives just four years and eight months after the E2 program was given a launch at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

Originally, Embraer had set a target for certification in mid-2018. But now the E190-E2 has been certified “on schedule and on budget”, said Embraer CEO Paulo Cesar Silva.

As it turned out, development targets such as fuel burn, noise and maintenance costs “came in better than originally specified”.

New gear
The E190-E2 is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1900 geared turbofan engines and features new wing and landing gear compared to the E190-E1, Aviation Daily points out.

It is 17.3% more fuel efficient than the E190-E1, according to Embraer, which is better than the 16% fuel burn improvement originally projected.

The fleet of four aircraft used for the flight tests completed 2,000 flight hours.

“Flight test results also confirmed the E190-E2 to be better than its original specification in takeoff performance,” the manufacturer said.

“The aircraft’s range from airports with hot-and-high conditions, such as Denver and Mexico City, increases by 600 nm compared to current-generation aircraft. Its range from airports with short runways, such as London City, also increases by more than 1,000 nm allowing the aircraft to reach destinations like Moscow and cities in the north of Africa.”

Widerøe is due to take delivery of the E190-E2 in April and will configure it with 114 single-class seats.

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