The Embraer E175-E2 made its inaugural flight on
Thursday, taking off from the company’s facility in São José dos
The maiden flight of the E175-E2, the third
member of the E-Jets E2 family, kicks off a rigorous 24-month
flight test campaign.
“The E175-E2’s maiden flight marks the
completion of our vision to produce a family of new-generation
commercial aircraft that bring unparalleled cost savings to our
customers, exceptional comfort for their passengers, and fewer
emissions for the planet,” said John Slattery, President & CEO,
Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The E190-E2 and the E195-E2 are
already stellar performers. The E175-E2 is just as impressive.
We’re eager to get working on certification. My sincere thanks to
every Embraer employee who helped make this day possible.”
The E175-E2 departed at 11:07 from the runway
adjacent to Embraer’s Faria Lima complex and flew for two hours
and 18 minutes. Embraer’s Captain Mozart Louzada commanded the
aircraft along with first officer Wander Almodovar Golfetto, and
flight engineers Gilberto Meira Cardoso and Mario Ito. The
aircraft took off and landed with fly-by-wire (FBW) controls in normal mode. The crew evaluated aircraft performance, flight
quality and systems behavior.
Embraer will use three
aircraft for the E175-E2 certification campaign. The first and
second prototypes will be used for aerodynamic, performance and
system tests. The third prototype will be used to validate
maintenance tasks and will be outfitted with interior furnishings.
The E175-E2 has one additional row of seats compared to the
first-generation E175 and can be configured with 80 seats in two
classes, or up to 90 in a single class. The airplane will save up
to 16% in fuel and 25% in maintenance costs per seat compared to
Like the E190-E2 and the E195-E2, the E175-E2
will have one of the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle
jet category with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no
calendar limit for typical E-Jet operations. This means an
additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten
years compared to current generation E-Jets.
features new Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1700G ultra-high bypass ratio
engines, a completely new wing, full fly-by-wire controls and new
landing gear. Compared to the first-generation E175, 75% of
aircraft systems are new.