EMBRAER, the aircraft manufacturing company based in Sao Jose Dos Campos (Brazil) announced on December 9th 2010 that it had signed a $US 338 millions with airline Lufthansa for 8 brand new Embraer 195 jets. The eight new aircraft are set to be delivered starting in 2012 and will complement a fleet of 30 Embraer 190/195 already in service with the airlines. The Lufthansa order brings recognition by the airline that the Embraer products present significant advantages in the regional European market where fierce competition is ongoing. Operating efficiency and product differentiation are hallmarks of the Brazil-built aircraft. The E-195 is the largest model of a family of aircraft consisting of the Embraer 170, 175, 190 and 195.
The E-jet family of aircraft was initiated by the -170 which entered service in 2002. It presents a modern design single-aisle twin jet engines built for mid range travel. Its modern clean sheet design contrasts with newer models of Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 family which are improved version of long standing aircraft models. The E-195 along with the -190 is a stretched variant of the original -170. As a result it can carries from 106 passengers in 2 class configuration to 122 in single class (against 70/80 for the -170) at distances of 2,593 km (1,400 nmi) to 4,077 km (2,201 nmi) . JetBlue Airline had been the launch customer for the model with an initial 100/100 orders (100 firms and 100 options). Embraer is confident that its state-of-the-art highly efficient regional carrier, leveraging on an integrated fleet family-commonality will be able to sell in units numbering upwards of the 1,100 mark.