Brazil’s airplane maker Embraer’s E-Jet program reached a new milestone this past July 1st, 2020 when it delivered the 1,600th E-Jet aircraft built by the company.
The aircraft number 1,600, an Embraer E190-E2 has been handed over to Switzerland-based Helvetic Airways which already operates four E-Jets aircraft.
The E-Jet family of single-aisle, twin-engine passenger aircraft first entered service in 2004 with delivery of an Embraer 170 to Lot Polish Airline. Officially launched during the 1999 Paris Air Show, the Embraer E-Jet family was originally composed of the Embraer 170 and Embraer 190 aircraft (later joined by their Embraer 175 and 195 respective stretched variants) capable of covering the 70 to 150 seat market segment.
It was only in 2011 that Embraer decided to offer a newly re-designed model that included new wings, new more fuel efficient engines, new avionics along with various improvements. These second generation E-series aircraft would then receive the E-Jet E2 designation allowing Embraer to position a stronger product against the highly promising Bombardier CSeries (now Airbus A220) design.
According to Embraer, in 16 years of service, some 100 airlines and leasing companies from 50 countries have added Embraer E-Jets to their fleets “accumulating more than 30 million flight hours”,”with an average mission completion rate of 99.9%”.
By achieving a 17.3% less fuel burn than the first generation E190, the E190-E2 proves a highly innovative design boosting the Embraer brand as it still attempts to recover from the failed acquisition deal by Boeing.