Embraer E175-E2 Makes Maiden Flight, Begins 24 Month Test Flight Campaign
Embraer announced Thursday the successful completion of the inaugural flight of their E175-E2 regional jet, the third member of the E-Jets E2 family. The aircraft will now undergo a rigorous 24 month test flight regimen to achieve certification.
Yesterday, at 11:07AM in São José dos Campos, Brazil Embraer’s E175-E2 took flight for the first time, remaining aloft for two hours and 18 minutes. The E175-E2 is the third member in the company’s E-Jets E2 family and will now undergo 24 months of rigorous flight testing to achieve certification. The aircraft was commanded by Captain Mozart Louzada and First Officer Wander Almodovar Golfetto, along with Flight Engineers Gilberto Maira Cardoso and Mario Ito. Takeoff and landing were conducted with fly-by-wire (FBW) controls in normal mode and during the flight the crew evaluated performance, flight quality and systems behavior. In Thursday’s announcement, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s President and CEO, John Slattery said,
“Today’s flight of the E175-E2 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. The E190-E2 and 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.”
During the certification campaign, Embraer will use three E175-E2 models with the first two for aerodynamic performance and system tests and the third (which will be outfitted with an interior) to validate maintenance tasks. Compared to the first generation E175, the E2 has an extra row of seats and can accommodate 90 passengers in a single-class configuration or 80 passengers in a two-class configuration. The E175-E2 offers a 16% reduction in fuel and a 25% reduction in maintenance costs compared to the previous generation E175. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTFTM PW1700G ultra-high bypass ration engines and has a new wing and landing gear along with fly-by-wire controls. Overall, 75% of the aircraft systems are new compared to the first generation E175.