Embraer (Now Boeing) E175-E2 prototype in production, first flight by year end
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May 28, 2019 - by Scott Hamilton for leehamnews.com
The first E175-E2 prototype is now in production at the Embraer plant here at Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, despite having no firm orders and only a single conditional order for 100 aircraft from a US airline that so far can't use the airplane.
The pilot union contracts contain a clause that prevent the only customer for the aircraft in the world from using it because the take-off weight exceeds the 86,000 lbs specified in the contract.
Embraer designed the airplane with the hope the so-called Scope Clause would be relaxed in contract negotiations this year and next by pilots for American, Delta, United and Alaska airlines. It's become clear that relief is unlikely.
The E2 is the new generation of small jets serving regional and less-dense mainline routes. It has the new Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan engine, new wings (a different wing for each model), systems updates, new landing gear and larger overhead bag bins than the E1, which entered service in 2004...
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