Embraer delivers first of a highly updated E190-E2 to Widerøe Airlines
April 4, 2018 - by Paul Thomson
Norway's Widerøe Airlines has taken delivery of a brand new Embraer E190-E2. Being the launch customer airline and the first delivery of the new E2 series, the delivery was celebrated with great fanfare at Embraer's final assembly location in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Several hundred Embraer employees joined a delegation of Widerøe staff and media as the plane was towed into position before the crowd. Following the arrival of the aircraft, leaders of both companies made remarks, before a ceremonial handover of a key to the aircraft.
The E2 series is much more than a re-engined fuel saver like the A320neo or 737 MAX, according to Embraer. Several changes and upgrades have been made, which make the E2 series 17.3% more fuel-efficient than its E190 predecessor. The E190-E2 has the Pratt & Whitney PW1900 which provides over eleven percent of the fuel savings.
Another fuel-saving contributor is a new gull-shaped wing that now features a raked tip as opposed to the winglets on the E1 series. An Embraer engineer said the gull wing was necessary to provide the ground clearance needed for the large PW1900s. The wing has the highest aspect ratio in its class, and the longer wing still fits into a standard gate footprint for a single-aisle aircraft with room to spare.