Last week, Embraer reached a milestone, the delivery of the 19th E195-E2, the largest commercial jet ever developed by the Brazilian company. The aircraft was received by the Spanish airline Binter Canarias.
The carrier has now four units of the model and is expected to receive the fifth and final aircraft soon. Days before, Air Peace also celebrated the delivery of the second E195-E2, a similar situation to that of Belavia, the Belarusian airline, whose jet carried the emblem of 25 years of its foundation.
After a slow start, production of the E2 jets begins to pick up pace, especially for the E195-E2 variant, for up to 146 passengers. It holds no less than 87% of firm orders for the new series, with 153 orders – the E190-E2 has 22 orders while the E175-E2 has remained without customers so far.
The first E195-E2 was delivered to Azul Linhas Aéreas in September 2019. The Brazilian airline is the largest E2 operator in the world, with nine aircraft, four of which were delivered in late 2020 after a period in which Embraer did not send any planes to its customers.
Nevertheless, since past October 11 E195-E2 have been delivered, five of them in the first quarter of 2021, according to data compiled by the Planespotters website – Embraer should only reveal the official figures in April.
E190-E2 reached 82% of deliveries
First model of the E2 series to be delivered, the E190-E2 goes through an opposite situation. Although it has been in service since April 2018 with Norway’s Widerøe, the aircraft has been numerically behind its brother E195-E2 since last week.
There are currently 18 jets delivered, eight of them at Helvetic Airways, its largest customer. Another five fly with Air Astana while Widerøe has four aircraft – Air Kiribati operates just one E190-E2.
As a result, no less than 82% of the orders for the E190-E2 have already been delivered, a worrying outlook for Embraer since the variant had 85 firm orders five years ago. Since then, the aircraft has been losing interest as the E195-E2 expands its backlog.