Meet the E195-E2 ‘Profit Hunter,’ Embraer’s Largest Jet to Date
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Ever flown into Omaha, Nebraska or Santa Barbara, California? There’s a good chance you’ve been on an Embraer jet. The older models are unremarkable at their best — at their worst, you’ll find low ceilings, cramped seating and limited storage. In other words, if you remember traveling on this company’s planes, it’s probably for all the wrong reasons.
Fortunately, that’s begun to change. US regional carriers, including those operating service for American, Delta and United, have started flying the Embraer ERJ-175, which offers a far better experience than the regional jets of yesteryear. And if you’re loyal to JetBlue, you’re probably familiar with the E-190, which some even prefer to the Airbus A320 and A321.
Fortunately, the E-190/E-195 is about to get a big upgrade, in the form of the E195-E2. I had a chance to tour the first plane this week at the Paris Air Show.
Embraer E195-E2 Test Aircraft
This is Embraer’s biggest plane to date — it’s a hybrid of sorts between a regional jet and a mainline aircraft, though passengers should find the same comforts they’d get on a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320, just with 2-2 economy seating rather than the 3-3 installed on those planes.
As you may have gathered from the photos above, the plane’s interior isn’t quite ready for primetime.
This particular aircraft is currently undergoing rigorous testing, and it’s loaded up with test equipment at the moment — plus a few previous-generation seats.
Embraer does have a cabin mock-up handy, though — it’s an upgrade from the demo E190-E2 cabin that I saw at last year’s Farnborough Air Show.
Just as with last year’s model, business-class seats are arranged in a staggered 2-2 configuration.
It’s very unlikely that we’ll see these seats (or even a similar version) on any final jet — rather, they’re meant to represent the aircraft’s potential. Generally, Embraer’s new jets do offer a first-class cabin when operated on behalf of major US carriers.
The economy seats are much more realistic. As I mentioned, seats are arranged in a 2-2 configuration, which I much prefer to the 3-3 on mainline narrow-body jets.
The finishes aren’t final, of course, but I really liked the aesthetic of this mock-up.
You may have noticed that some seats have more legroom than others — just as with last year’s mock-up, this one has seats arranged in various configurations.
With just 28 inches of pitch, the E195-E2 can accommodate 146 passengers in a one-class configuration. We’re more likely to see 31 inches, which drops the capacity to 132, while a three-cabin configuration (first, extra legroom and regular economy) would offer 120 seats.
Is this the “profit hunter” airlines have been hoping for? Perhaps. The E195-E2 is expected to be very economical, and with a range of roughly 3,000 miles, it’s versatile, letting carriers operate both short hops and transcon service — perhaps to and from secondary markets, like Boston to Reno.
Assuming airlines don’t opt for an extra-tight 28-inch pitch, the E195-E2 is bound to be a comfortable ride — especially for passengers fortunate enough to be flying up front.
See these posts for more from the Paris Air Show:
- Inside the First Airbus A321neo, the Plane JetBlue May Fly to Europe
- Airbus Plans to Refresh A320 Cabins in 2020
- Video Tour: Qatar Airways’ Brand-New Qsuite Business Class
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees