Two years after the launch of the program, at the Air Show in Le Bourget, Paris, the first of the E-Jets E2 family, an E190-E2, is beginning to be assembled at the company’s factory in São José dos Campos. Embraer has already received the first sub-assemblies from suppliers in several countries and the assembly of the first prototype is moving forward as planned.
“It is exciting to see the E2 taking shape with the large amount of sub-sets arriving to our São José dos Campos facility, where the final assembly will soon begin,” says Luís Carlos Affonso, Senior Vice President & COO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
At Embraer’s plant in the city of Évora, Portugal, the first sub-assemblies for the wings and central fuselage are ready. In Spain, Aernnova AEROSPACE S.A. is finishing the assembly of the vertical empennage – the company will also supply the horizontal empennage. In the Czech Republic, Latecoere finished the baggage doors and they have already been sent to Brazil to be installed in the aircraft.
In the United States, Triumph Aerostructures, which is also responsible for the rudder and elevator, is assembling section tree and the aft of the fuselage; these are the only large segments that will not be manufactured by Embraer.
In Brazil, at the Botucatu plant, Embraer has already produced a series of components for the wings, central fuselage one and two, besides the finish of the forward fuselage; this segment is in the final assembly stage in São José dos Campos. All of these structures will be highly automated in the manufacturing stages.
Eleb, an Embraer wholly owned subsidiary, with 35 years of experience in designing and manufacturing landing gear, was chosen to supply the landing gear of the second-generation E-Jets, and it is working to conclude the first sets.
Testing is also moving ahead at an accelerated pace. At the Eugênio de Melo plant, the different static test rigs are working and allowing Embraer to develop such systems as fly-by-wire, with laws and codes that are being developed by the company, itself, and the integrated functions with other aircraft structures.
The first delivery of an E-Jets E2 (the E190-E2) is planned for the first semester of 2018. The E195-E2 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020. The E-Jets E2 program reinforces Embraer’s commitment to continuously invest in the company’s line of commercial jets and to maintain leadership in the 70 to 130-seat aircraft segment. Embraer’s E-Jets E2s have state-of-the-art Pratt & Whitney PurePowerTM Geared Turbofan high by-pass ratio engines (PW1700G on the E175-E2, PW1900G on the E190-E2 and E195-E2). Combined with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems, the E2s will deliver significant reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise.
Source: Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (NYSE: ERJ)
Date: Jun 16, 2015