E-Jets milestone

Air Astana’s initial E190-E2 in its snow leopard livery, designed by Embraer in the style of the ‘Proit Hunter’ nose art that features on the manufacturer’s E-Jets E2 test and demonstration aircraft, and applied by hand to the aircraft.

Embraer recently passed a landmark in its E-Jet programme when it delivered the 1,500th example of its regional jet family. The Brazilian manufacturer handed over the aircraft, a irst-generation E175, to Seattle-based Alaska Air Group subsidiary Horizon Air. The aircraft is conigured with 12 irst class seats, 12 in premium class and 52 in economy. Four more E175s will be delivered to Horizon in 2019, to take its total to 30. Horizon has more than doubled its E175 leet since introducing the type in 2017.

Embraer launched the E-Jets programme 20 years ago this year, with the four diferent variants (E170, E175, E190 and E195) introduced over a period of several years in the early 2000s. The E175, E190 and E195 have been re-engined with Pratt & Whitney geared turbofans and received airframe and systems improvements in the E-Jets E2 programme, to deliver double-digit reductions in fuel burn and maintenance costs from the irst-generation models. The E190-E2 entered service in 2018 with the E195-E2 due to follow this year and the E175-E2 in 2021. Since entry into service, E-Jets have been operated by more than 70 customers in 50 countries.

The milestone E175 delivery occurred four days after Embraer delivered Air Astana’s irst E190-E2. The Kazakhstan national carrier is leasing ive E190-E2s from AerCap. The initial jet, P4-KHA (c/n 20012), features a distinctive livery designed to draw attention to the threat of the extinction faced by the snow leopard, an oicial symbol of Kazakhstan and native to the country’s southern mountain ranges.

Peter Foster, President of Air Astana, which has operated E190s since 2011, said: “We know Embraer’s E-Jets well, and have high expectations for their new generation aircraft in terms of economics, environmental impact, and levels of comfort and convenience for our customers.” Mark Broadbent