RE­GIONAL AIR­CRAFT MAR­KET ABUZZ WITH AC­TIV­ITY

The trend for mid- and long-haul op­er­a­tions will con­tinue to­wards us­ing jet air­craft over tur­bo­props

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EM­BRAER COM­MER­CIAL AVI­A­TION IN its 2017 out­look has fore­cast that the 70 to 130 plus seat re­gional jet would be the fastest grow­ing seg­ment dur­ing the next two decades and there would be a de­mand for 6,400 new jets of this seat cat­e­gory, with 4,100 be­ing in the 90 plus cat­e­gory and 2,300 be­ing in the 70 to 90 cat­e­gory. The com­bined mar­ket value equates to $300 bil­lion.

The 70- to 130-seat jet world fleet-in-ser­vice will be­come the fastest grow­ing air­craft seg­ment, with an in­crease from 2,670 in 2015 to 6,690 in 2035. Re­place­ment of age­ing air­craft and new mar­ket growth rep­re­sents 37 per cent and 63 per cent re­spec­tively.

As re­gards tur­bo­props, Em­braer fore­cast that there would be a world­wide de­mand for 2,040 tur­bo­props of 70-seat cat­e­gory by 2035. Some 65 per cent of it is be­ing at­trib­uted to mar­ket growth and 35 per cent to re­place­ment of age­ing air­craft. The trend for

mid- and long-haul op­er­a­tions will con­tinue to­wards us­ing jet air­craft over tur­bo­props. This is be­cause of the former’s over­all op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency, cabin com­fort and sched­ule com­pat­i­bil­ity with nar­row-body jets in hub-and-spoke net­works. E-JETS E2 TO LEAD THE PACK. The Em­braer E-Jet fam­ily is a se­ries of nar­row-body medium-range twin-en­gine jet air­lin­ers, car­ry­ing 80 to 124 pas­sen­gers com­mer­cially, man­u­fac­tured by Brazilian aero­space con­glom­er­ate Em­braer. Launched at the Paris Air Show in 1999, and en­ter­ing pro­duc­tion in 2002, the air­craft se­ries has been a com­mer­cial suc­cess pri­mar­ily for its safety and ef­fi­ciency. The air­craft is used by main­line and re­gional air­lines around the world.

In 2013, Em­braer an­nounced a $1.7-bil­lion pro­gramme to re­model its E-Jets re­gional air­craft, to of­fer 16-24 per cent lower fuel-burn rates and 15-25 per cent lower main­te­nance costs. The three vari­ants — E175-E2, E190-E2, and E195-E2 — have a com­mon fuse­lage de­sign but dif­fer­ent lengths, and each has a dif­fer­ent wing de­sign. The jets are pow­ered by Pratt & Whit­ney PW1000G geared-tur­bo­fan en­gines.

The Em­braer E-Jets line is com­posed of two main com­mer­cial fam­i­lies and a busi­ness jet vari­ant. The smaller E170 and E175 make up the base model air­craft. The E190 and E195 are stretched ver­sions, with dif­fer­ent en­gines and larger wings, hor­i­zon­tal sta­biliser and land­ing gear struc­tures. The 170 and 175 share 95 per cent com­mon­al­ity, as do the 190 and 195. The two fam­i­lies share nearly 89 per cent com­mon­al­ity, with iden­ti­cal fuse­lage cross-sec­tions and avion­ics, fea­tur­ing the Honeywell Primus Epic Elec­tronic Flight in­stru­ment sys­tem. All E-Jets use four-abreast seat­ing (2+2) and have a “dou­ble-bub­ble” de­sign, which Em­braer de­vel­oped for its com­mer­cial pas­sen­ger jets, that pro­vides standup head­room. The E-Jets have tur­bo­fan en­gines de­signed to re­duce noise, which al­lows them to op­er­ate in air­ports that have strict noise re­stric­tions, such as Lon­don City Airport.

Now that the E190-E2 is fly­ing, the other E2s are start­ing to take shape. On March 29, Em­braer’s largest com­mer­cial jet took off on its maiden flight, from the run­way at the São José dos Cam­pos fa­cil­ity, ahead of sched­ule. The flight kicks off the start of the E195-E2 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cam­paign in which two air­craft will be used — one for aero­dy­namic and per­for­mance tests, the other to val­i­date main­te­nance tasks and the in­te­rior. The sec­ond E195-E2 is sched­uled to fly by the end of this year. The first E195-E2 is planned to be de­liv­ered to Azul Lin­has Aéreas Brasileiras in 2019. The E195-E2 is the last and largest of the

THE 70- TO 130-SEAT JET WORLD FLEET-IN-SER­VICE WILL BE­COME THE FASTEST GROW­ING AIR­CRAFT SEG­MENT, WITH AN IN­CREASE FROM 2,670 IN 2015 TO 6,690 IN 2035

The E195-E2 is the largest of the E-Jets E2 se­ries of medium-range air­craft, the first of which will be de­liv­ered next year.

ATR has sold more than 1,500 air­craft and has over 200 op­er­a­tors in over 100 coun­tries

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