Thursday, March 13, 2014

Brazil: Embraer Releases its E175, New Regional Jet That Lowers Fuel Consumption by 6.4%

According to The Latin American Tribune, Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer on Wednesday (March 12) rolled out an enhanced version of its E175 regional jet, saying the new aircraft features aerodynamic improvements that lower fuel consumption by 6.4%.

The first E175, whose modifications include the introduction of a new wingtip, systems optimization and streamlining of aerodynamic surfaces, was unveiled in a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in the southeastern Brazilian city of São José dos Campos.

Embraer says the enhancements will guarantee that fuel savings surpass the initial estimate of 5% and enable airlines to use the aircraft to lower operating costs.

COMMENT: The world’s third-largest plane manufacturer and largest producer of regional aircraft said the modifications have made the E175 the top seller in its category.

Four US airlines: Republic Airways, United Airlines, SkyWest  and American Airlines placed 177 firm orders and 277 options last year for the modified E175, which seats up to 88 passengers and has a flight range of 3,555 kilometers (2,208 miles).