China Certifies Embraer E190-E2; E195-E2 To Follow Shortly
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has awarded type certification to the Embraer E190-E2 airliner, just days after the ATR 42 turboprop was given the same certification.
Embraer said Chinese certification for Embraer’s larger E195-E2 aircraft, on which work is ongoing, will follow shortly.
The announcement was made at China’s Zhuhai Airshow, to which Embraer brought its E195-E2 “Tech Lion” aircraft for exhibition.
Arjan Meijer, president and CEO of Embraer’s commercial aviation division, said that the aircraft can help accelerate the implementation of China’s “Basic Air Service Plan” that aims to connect more second- and third-tier city airports.
Guo Qing, Embraer China president and VP of commercial aircraft, said the certification was an “important moment” for the company in the Chinese market. The E190-E2 is the first model of its kind to perform multiple high-altitude operations during demonstration flights between Lhasa and Yushu in western China, making it the most suitable aircraft to serve lean markets there, Guo added.
In China there are 91 Embraer E-Jet family aircraft in service. The largest operators include Colorful Guizhou Airlines, Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines (aka GX Airlines), and Tianjin Airlines, which all primarily fly the E190LR.
In its latest market outlook, Embraer estimates that the Chinese market will see demand for 1,445 new aircraft within the 150-seat range over the next 20 years.