Embraer’s E190-E2 Profit Hunter demonstration airplane, with its distinctive shark livery, completed a demo flight at Velana International Airport this afternoon. Potential buyers and prominent airline officials from Maldivian, Flyme and Manta Air took part in the 1-hour demo flight.
The E190-E2 aircraft attracted a lot of attention at the Farnborough airshow in England last year, where the aircraft started the tour, and since then has visited more than 39 countries and was presented to 120 airlines. During the tour, the aircraft has landed at airports with several operational challenges, such as short runways, as in London City, or at runways at high altitudes, as in Tibet and Nepal. In addition, the aircraft visited remote places of the planet, such as Kiribati.
The E-Jets E2 are the most efficient family of aircraft in the single-aisle market burning up to 10% less fuel than its direct competitor. The E190-E2 brings also more flexibility with maximum range of up to 5,300 km or about 1,000 km longer than current generation E190.
The E190-E2 also brings significant savings to airlines in terms of maintenance costs, with up to 25% reduction thanks to a smart design based on direct feedback from the operators. It has the longest maintenance intervals with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit in typical E-Jets utilization. This means additional 15 days of aircraft utilization in a period of ten years. The company reported taking firm orders and letters of intent for an astounding 300 airplanes valued at $15.3 billion.
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil, and a leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70-150 seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.