Industry Embraer E190-E2 prototype completes world tour

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Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced, that its Embraer “Shark” E190-E2 has successfully completed its world tour.

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The demonstration tour took five months and started in July over the course of the Farnborough International Airshow 2018. Since then, the aircraft has visited 39 countries, presenting the aircraft to 120 airlines in 68 cities.

The shark-livered aircraft travelled a total of 125,00 nautical miles (231,000 kilometres), nearly six times around the earth.

350 hours of demonstration flights on air shows and such have been performed. The aircraft was on the FIA18, the 12th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition and the ALTA Leaders Forum in Panama.

During its world tour, the aircraft also visited challenging locations that have short runways like London-City, are located at high altitudes like airports in Tibet and Nepal or are remote locations like the island Kiribati in Oceania.

“The main objective was to demonstrate to airlines the features that make the E190-E2 a unique airplane in its category,” said Rodrigo Silva e Souza, Marketing VP, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “It is also important to highlight that the tour was uninterrupted, with a flawless operation and a 100% schedule reliability.”

Embraer´s state-of-the-art E2 is a newly designed version of the successful E190 series. Compared to the previous generation, the E2 offers a 17.3% reduction in fuel consumption and nearly 10% less than direct competitors. The E190-E2 has a maximum range of up to 2,293 nautical miles (5,300 km).

The world tour helped to provide these new features to possible customers. Silva e Souza added: “The tour has given the airlines a first-hand look at what the E190-E2 can offer in terms of operational performance, while keeping the same amount of space in the passenger cabin that made the first generation of E-Jets so popular.”

Currently, Norwegian´s largest regional carrier Wideroe is operating with three E2 jets. Moreover, Air Astana has recently taken delivery of its first E190-E2 jet. The aircraft, registered as P4-KHA, is wearing a special snow leopard livery.

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