During the Paris Air Show 2023, Flightreviews.net was invited by Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, to explore their latest addition to their aircraft lineup, the Embraer E195-E2. This aircraft belongs to the cutting-edge E2 Family, which represents the new generation of Embraer aircraft. We find three distinct models within this family: the E175-E2, the E190-E2, and the E195-E2. These remarkable aircraft builds upon the success of their predecessors, the E175, E190, and E195, which have already established themselves as exceptional regional aircraft for short- and medium-haul flights.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of the offerings presented by Embraer, let us delve into the E195-E2 as operated by the Swiss carrier, Helvetic Airways. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
Embraer has gained recognition for its range of short- and medium-haul regional jets, collectively known as the E-Jets. Following in the footsteps of aviation giants Airbus and Boeing with their renowned A320neo and 737 MAX models, Embraer unveiled an enhanced version of its E-Jet family at the 2013 Paris Air Show. This new generation of aircraft proudly boasts lighter frames, modern features, and state-of-the-art Pratt & Whitney PW1700G and PW1900G engines. Collectively referred to as the E2 Family, this extraordinary aircraft lineup comprises three variants.
The first variant, the Embraer E190-E2, completed its inaugural flight on May 23, 2016. Positioned as the mid-sized version, it accommodates up to 114 passengers, ensuring a comfortable and luxurious journey.
The second variant, the Embraer E175-E2, took to the skies on December 12, 2019. Designed as a more compact model, it offers a spacious and refined interior capable of comfortably seating up to 90 passengers in a standard single-class configuration.
Last but certainly not least, the largest variant in this family is the Embraer E195-E2. Boasting an impressive capacity to accommodate up to 146 seats, this aircraft soared through the heavens for the first time on March 29, 2017. © Embraer
These cutting-edge aircraft embody the forefront of technological advancements, featuring unparalleled innovations such as electric flight controls, carbon fiber fuselages, meticulously redesigned wings, and advanced flaps. Noteworthy enhancements have been made to cabin ventilation, landing gear, and the horizontal stabilizer, resulting in a harmonious blend of comfort and efficiency.
For airlines, the Embraer E2 aircraft offer improved economics and environmental friendliness, resulting in higher profitability. The cost per passenger is estimated to be 16 to 25% lower than the previous models, depending on the chosen cabin configuration.
The E-Jets E2 Family represents a leap forward in regional air transportation. The latest Brazilian aircraft models consume 25% less fuel compared to their predecessors, aptly referred to as the "E1" Series. Moreover, they actively contribute to a remarkable reduction of nearly 30% in both CO2 emissions and nitrogen oxide emissions.
For airlines, the Embraer E2 aircraft offer improved economics and environmental friendliness, resulting in higher profitability. The estimated cost per passenger is projected to be 16 to 25% lower than the previous models, depending on the chosen cabin configuration.
In addition to the technological advancements beneficial for airlines and the environment, the Embraer E2 offers an optimal level of travel comfort for its passengers. Our firsthand experience with Helvetic Airways' Embraer E195-E2 served as a testament to this fact. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
Helvetic Airways provides a standard 2-2 cabin configuration with 34 rows for their E195-E2 aircraft. As a result, all passengers enjoy either an aisle or window seat, ensuring every passenger more space and comfort to relax in. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
Moreover, this layout allows customers of the Swiss airline to benefit from a legroom space of 79 cm, surpassing previous-generation aircraft. The seats, with a width of 46 cm, are among the widest in the market, ensuring a superior level of comfort throughout the journey. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
The overhead compartments have been designed to be 40% larger than those found on the previous-generation E-Jet, allowing each passenger to carry a standard-size carry-on bag. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
In terms of comfort, the large windows illuminate the cabin, casting a warm and inviting glow. Helvetic Airways' careful selection of light colors further enhances the overall brightness, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and serenity. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
Furthermore, the introduction of the new Pratt & Whitney engines equipped on the E-Jets-E2 brings an unparalleled advancement in sound reduction, with noise levels reduced by an astonishing 65% compared to the previous General Electric CF34 engines. This would make the Embraer E2 the quietest aircraft generation in the single-aisle category. This transformation translates into a serene and peaceful flight experience for all passengers. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
Quick seat tour. In terms of technological modernity, the cabin is thoughtfully equipped with two USB-A ports per seat, allowing passengers the convenience of charging up to two small electronic devices simultaneously. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
While it is important to note that Helvetic Airways' aircraft do not currently offer in-flight Wi-Fi, it is worth mentioning that Embraer provides airlines with the option to install an onboard network, granting passengers the possibility of seamless connectivity throughout their journey.
A quick tour of the cockpit, modernized since the E1 version. © Yann Arnould / Flightreviews.net
The Embraer E195-E2 showcased at the Paris Air Show 2023 represents a significant advancement in regional air travel. As part of the E2 Family, this aircraft builds upon the success of its predecessors, the E-Jet models. With improved technologies, fuel efficiency, and reduced emissions, the E2 Series offers airlines enhanced economics and environmental friendliness. Passengers can enjoy a comfortable travel experience with spacious seating, ample legroom, convenient charging options, and significant noise reduction. While in-flight Wi-Fi may not be available on all airlines, the option to install an onboard network reflects Embraer's commitment to meeting evolving connectivity needs. The Embraer E195-E2 stands as a testament to Embraer's dedication to innovation, passenger comfort, and sustainability in the regional aviation sector.