Embraer advances in the development of the demonstrator aircraft with electric propulsion technology

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São José dos Campos-SP, August 16 2019

Electric propulsion technology

Embraer unveiled today, on the eve of its 50th anniversary, images of the demonstrator aircraft with 100% electric propulsion technology, which is currently under development. The prototype has a special paint scheme and is ready to receive systems and components.

The aircraft’s electric motor and controller are being manufactured by WEG at the company’s headquarters in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil, as part of the scientific and technological cooperation agreement for jointly development of electrification technologies.

Advances on the project include the partnership with Parker Aerospace that will be responsible to supply the cooling system for the demonstrator aircraft. On the forthcoming months, the companies’ technical teams will continue to test the systems in the labs preparing the integration in the demonstrator aircraft for testing under real operating conditions. The first flight of the prototype is scheduled for 2020.

About the technological cooperation The proposed scientific development program of aeronautical electrification, formalized through the cooperation between Embraer and WEG announced in May 2019, constitutes an effective and efficient instrument for experimentation and maturation of the technologies before they are applied in future products.

The partnership, in the context of pre-competitive research and development, seeks to accelerate the knowledge of the necessary technologies to increase the energy efficiency of an aircraft, considering the use and integration of electric motors into innovative propulsion systems. A small single-engine aircraft, based on the EMB-203 Ipanema, will be used as test bed, carrying out the initial evaluation of the electrification technology.

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The electrification process is part of a series of efforts carried out by Embraer and the aeronautical industry aimed at ensuring the commitment with the environmental sustainability, as already done with biofuels to reduce carbon emissions. By establishing strategic partnerships through more agile cooperation mechanisms, Embraer is stimulating knowledge networks to allow a significant increase in Brazil’s competitiveness and the construction of a sustainable future.

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EmbraerX unveils first eVTOL concept

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Los Angeles, California, May 8, 2018

EmbraerX, an Embraer organization dedicated to developing disruptive businesses, today unveiled its first electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept. The unveiling was made during Uber Elevate 2018, in Los Angeles, California.

EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of eVTOL concepts through a cooperation with Uber and other companies to explore business opportunities within the Uber Elevate ecosystem. “We have excelled in our near-50-year journey by introducing innovations into the aviation industry and delivering true value to customers,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, President and CEO of Embraer. “We are relentless in our quest for constant growth and through EmbraerX we will drive disruptive innovation and accelerate the creation of new businesses with the potential for exponential growth. Urban mobility is ripe for transformation and we are committed to having a major role in this key market.”

The eVTOL concept presented at Uber Elevate 2018 represents an aircraft with a mission to serve passengers in an urban environment, based on the key design drivers of safety, passenger experience, affordability and a very low footprint for the community, in terms of noise and emissions. “We are developing solutions to bring on-demand air transportation to urban areas to improve quality of life for millions of people. Our collaboration with key stakeholders will accelerate the arrival of this new ecosystem,” said Antonio Campello, President & CEO of EmbraerX. “This is one example of how EmbraerX is committed to exploring a range of disruptive products and services that could revolutionize the business of air transportation.”

Embraer X’s first eVTOL concept unveiled today is the outcome of extensive interaction with potential urban air travelers about their desired experience, combined with the expertise of Embraer’s teams and the collaboration with various companies and institutions. Embraer X will continue to engage with communities to expedite the development of desired solutions for this new market. Over the last five decades, Embraer has designed, developed and certified close to 50 aircraft models, delivering over 8,000 aircraft to 100 countries.

Embraer’s fleet has accumulated more than 50 million flight hours. Leveraging Embraer’s experience and longstanding relationships with aircraft certification authorities around the globe, EmbraerX will ensure that safety design drivers meet and exceed the highest industry standards.

 

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DLR and Embraer Agree on Cooperation in Aviation Research

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Wide range of topics includes reducing noise and emissions

Paris, France, June 21: The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) have signed an agreement to expand their research collaboration in the aeronautics sector. The partners will work together on a wide range of topics, including reducing noise and emissions, improving the aerodynamic and aeroelastic performance of aircraft, and many aspects of lightweight aircraft construction using fibre-reinforced polymers and integrated adaptronic systems.

The agreement was announced during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget during a meeting between Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board, Rolf Henke, DLR Executive Board Member responsible for aeronautics research, and Daniel Moczydlower, Vice-president for Technology Development at Embraer.

“We are increasingly seeking to combine DLR’s research expertise with strong partners from science and industry in international cooperation,” says Henke. “We are therefore very pleased to now embark on this joint path in aeronautics research with Embraer.”

“Embraer fosters innovation through the collaboration with several research initiatives around the globe, including dozens of universities, research centers and industry partners”, says Moczydlower. “In order to make more progress, we are extending our partnership with DLR in an unprecedented way, due to its recognized excellence on aeronautics research.”

As the first concrete steps of the collaboration, the two partners are planning to start a research project in flight dynamics in the second half of 2017.

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Rolf Henke, DLR Executive Board member responsible for aeronautics research (left), and Daniel Moczydlower, Vice-president for Technology Development at Embraer, exchanging an agreement to expand their research collaboration

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Embraer Rolls Out the E195-E2

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New airliner will save up to 24% in fuel 

 
São José dos Campos, SP, March 7, 2017: In a ceremony held today at the Company’s facilities in São José dos Campos, Embraer presented the largest aircraft of the second generation of the E2-Jets family, the most efficient aircraft of its class in the single aisle jet market: the E195-E2. With the first flight scheduled for the coming months, the jet is expected to enter into service in the first half of 2019.
“The E195-E2 has the potential to significantly change the fleet profile of airlines around the world. With a 20% lower cost per trip and a cost per seat similar to larger aircraft, the E195-E2 becomes the ideal aircraft for regional business growth as well as low-cost business plans and complementing existing mainline fleets” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The E195-E2 has three additional rows of seats, when compared to the current generation E195, and it can be configured with 120 seats in two classes of service, or up to 146 in a single class. The aircraft also has a significant increase in range of 450 nautical miles, which allows trips of up to 2,450 nautical miles.
The aircraft has a dedicated wing, with the highest aspect ratio among single-aisle jets, increasing fuel efficiency. In addition to a more balanced specification, Embraer applied over 17 million hours of flight experience on today’s E-Jet fleet of over 1,300 units to come up with the optimal E2 design. For example, being designed with an intelligent combination of materials, the E195-E2 can carry 10% more passengers than a direct competitor and still have the same weight.
“We introduced in the proven E-Jets platform all new technologies that would add value to customers. One example is the fourth generation of fly-by-wire, which allowed a 20% reduction of the empennage area, minimizing drag and weight,” explained Luís Carlos Affonso, COO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The airplane will save up to 24% in fuel and 20% in maintenance costs per seat, when compared to the current E195. A portion of these savings will be achieved with the new engine technology, but the greatest competitive advantage of the E195-E2 lies in the optimization of its structure and of its various systems.”
 
Embraer will use two aircraft for the E195-E2 certification campaign. The first prototype will be used for the aerodynamic and performance tests. The second prototype, which will also make its inaugural flight by the end of this year, will be used for the validation of maintenance tasks and of the interior. 
Since its launch, the E2 program has reached 690 commitments, 275 of which are firm orders and 415 of which are options and purchase rights, from both airline customers and leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70 customers in 50 countries.
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Boeing, Embraer Unveil Newest ecoDemonstrator Aircraft

E170 airplane to test technologies to boost fuel efficiency and cut carbon emissions

Rio de Janeiro, July 7, 2016: ecoDemonstrator Aircraft – Boeing and Embraer S.A. unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program today. The program expands Boeing and Embraer’s cooperation agreement and will test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace.

An Embraer E170 will serve as the flying testbed and will feature advanced environmental technologies that will undergo operational testing in Brazil during August and September.

“Collaborating with Boeing on the ecoDemonstrator program in the structuring and implementation of new technologies tests reinforces, once again, Embraer’s commitment towards a sustainable future,” said Mauro Kern, Executive Vice President of Operations at Embraer. “At the same time, as we integrate and test different technologies in a single aircraft, we contribute to consolidate in Brazil a powerful tool to support technological development and innovation – the technology demonstrator platform.”

“As industry leaders, we have a unique opportunity to invest in technologies that encourage our industry’s long-term, sustainable development, while supporting our customers’ environmental goals,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer John Tracy.

The ecoDemonstrator flights will test several technologies designed to reduce carbon emissions, fuel use and noise including:

  • LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology using lasers to measure air data parameters such as true airspeed, angle of attack and outside air temperature. LIDAR shows potential to increase air data reliabilityciency by complementing current sensors, which could lead to further innovations that improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
  • An “ice phobic” paint designed to reduce icing and help prevent accumulation of dirt and bugs due to its low adhesive property. The special paint can help operators save water by reducing the need for frequent aircraft washing.
  • A new wing design with improved slats to reduce noise on takeoff and approach.
  • Special sensors and air visualization techniques near the wing surface to better understand in-flight aerodynamics. This analysis could lead to further innovations to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, such as new wing designs.
  • A Brazilian-produced biofuel blend made up of 10 percent bio-kerosene and 90 percent fossil kerosene, the maximum mixture according to international standards. Studies have shown that sustainably produced aviation biofuel emits 50 to 80 percent lower carbon emissions through its life cycle than fossil jet fuel.

The ecoDemonstrator tests illustrate Boeing and Embraer’s continued investments to improve fuel efficiency and environmental performance of aircraft and meet the new carbon emissions standard announced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) earlier this year.

The ecoDemonstrator collaboration expands a relationship that began in 2012 when Boeing and Embraer signed a cooperation agreement to benefit their customers, their companies and the global aviation industry. Since then, Boeing and Embraer have supported Embraer’s KC-390 defense aircraft program and improved runway safety by providing commercial customers with tools to reduce runway excursions. Last year Boeing and Embraer opened a joint biofuel research center in São José dos Campos to perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

To date, the ecoDemonstrator program has tested more than 50 technologies, using a Next-Generation 737-800 (2012), 787 (2014) and 757 (2015) as flying testbeds.

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Boeing and Embraer unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program. The program expands Boeing and Embraer’s cooperation agreement and will test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace

For more information visit www.boeing.com/environment and www.embraer.com

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Embraer Begins Legacy 450/500 Production in Florida

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Melbourne, Fla., June 2, 2016: Embraer Executive Jets began the production of its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 in Melbourne, Florida, holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony, today, at its recently expanded facility, where the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 are already in production. At the ceremony, which included Florida Governor Rick Scott, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, Florida, Brevard County and Melbourne officials, the Company celebrated this expansion, which adds 236,000 square feet to its existing 213,000 square-foot campus at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport.

The Melbourne production facility began operations in February 2011 and the first Phenom 100 was delivered in December of the same year. In August 2012, the Phenom 300 was added to the multi-model, paperless final assembly line. Over 170 Phenom jets, valued at over USD 1 billion, have been produced in Melbourne for U.S. customers, mainly, as well as to customers in 14 other countries.

“In 2008, at a time when companies were downsizing, it was Embraer who selected Brevard County for its first US manufacturing and customer design facility,” stated Lynda Weatherman, President and CEO of the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast. “Today, and eight years later we are not only celebrating Embraer’s third completed facility in Brevard County, but its significant role in elevating our status as a global leader in the aviation industry.”

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Embraer: Demand for 720 New Jets with 70 to 130 seats in Latin America

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The region’s air traffic will grow around 6% annually

Santiago de Chile, March 29, 2016: Embraer Commercial Aviation released today, during FIDAE (Feria del Aire y del Espacio), its market outlook for Latin America, which forecasts that the region will take delivery of 720 new jets in the 70 to 130-seat segment over the next 20 years, representing 11% of the worldwide demand for the segment in the period. The 70 to 130-seat jet fleet in service is estimated to grow from the current 310 units to 740 by 2034.

Despite the region’s current headwinds, which stem mainly from political and economic instability, prospects for mid and long-term growth remain positive in the coming years. An economic turnaround is expected, addressing macroeconomic imbalances and restoring business confidence. This recovery will result in more equitable income distribution and deeper regional integration, which will boost demand for air travel.

Over the last five years, the annual growth in demand for air transport in Latin America has consistently been above the world average of about 5%, hovering at 7%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 20 years, when the region will grow around 6% annually.

The growth of the region’s middle class will also create new customers for the airlines, since many people have yet to take their first flight, rendering Latin America ripe for air transport. Comparing the region with a mature air travel market like the U.S. reveals enormous potential for growth: Latin America has 0.4 airline passengers per capita, a figure that is one sixth of the U.S.

Along with the expansion of the middle class, new investments in aviation infrastructure will shape the way air transport will grow in the coming years. The broader reach of air transport beyond major financial and industrial centers to mid-sized cities – with population between one hundred thousand and one million – has caused demand to grow nearly 1.5 times faster than to the largest cities. This growth highlights the need for efficient airline service to new low-and mid-density markets, and higher frequencies in existing markets.

“Fleet optimization is key, as secondary markets are poised to lead the demand for new air travel,” said Simon Newitt, Embraer Vice President, Commercial Aviation, Latin America. “Carriers will continue to acquire new and efficient aircraft to serve low- and mid-density markets and to offer greater network connectivity.”

Consolidation and mergers have also contributed to fundamental changes in the airline industry as a way of leveraging synergies and focusing on sustainable growth and profitability. Yet, some major carriers responded to the capacity/demand mismatch – and financial losses – by cutting routes and reducing capacity in attempting to achieve a more viable business environment.

The first delivery of an E-Jet in Latin America occurred in 2005, when Panama’s Copa Airlines received an E190. Currently, over 200 E-Jets are in service in the region, where Embraer is the leader in the segment of jets up to 130 seats, with 70% of market share. The E-Jets family has logged more than 1,700 orders and over 1,200 deliveries to date. The aircraft are in service with some 70 customers from 50 countries.

In order to meet future demand, Embraer is bringing the E-Jets E2 to the market to complement its current E-Jets offering. The Company recently rolled out the first E190-E2, which will enter service in the first semester of 2018.    

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Embraer: E190-E2 Heralds a New Era in the 130-seat Jet Segment

Embraer celebrated the official rollout ceremony of the first E190-E2 jet

São José dos Campos, Brazil, February 25, 2016: Embraer today celebrated the official rollout ceremony of the first E190-E2 jet – Embraer´s second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft. The aircraft´s maiden flight is scheduled for the second half of 2016, with entry into service scheduled for 2018. The ceremony was held at the Company´s plant in São José dos Campos.

“Today we have taken another step into the future of Embraer commercial aviation with the world premiere of our second-generation E-Jets,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

With an investment of USD 1.7 billion, the E2 program was launched in June 2013 and reinforces Embraer’s commitment to continuously invest in its commercial aviation products as well as maintain market leadership in the segment of 70 to 130 seats. The aircraft will have state-of-the-art engines, which, combined with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems, will deliver significant reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise.

Since the E2 was launched, the program has reached 640 commitments, 267 of which are firm orders and 373 of which are options and purchase rights, from both airline customers and leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70 customers in 50 countries and, with over 50% market share, they are the global leader in the segment of aircraft with up to 130 seats.

“The rollout held today marks the completion of the assembly of the first E190-E2 and paves the way for the start of the tests that will lead to the first flight,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Senior Vice President Operations & COO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We are delighted to reach this phase of the program, considering all of the technical and economic objectives set out at its inception.”

This aircraft is the first of four prototypes that will be used in the E190-E2 certification campaign. Two additional planes will be added for the E195-E2 campaign, entry into service for which is expected in 2019, and three more will be used in the E175-E2 campaign, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.

Embraer E190-E2 Rollout

Embraer E190-E2 Rollout

The E190-E2 has the same number of seats as the current generation E190 and can be configured with 97 seats in dual class service or with 106 seats in a single class layout. Additionally, the range of the E190-E2 has been significantly increased over the current generation aircraft, by 400 nautical miles, with the capacity to cover distances of 2,800 nautical miles.

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Oslo: Biojet direct from the Airport’s Main Fuel Farm

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ITAKA provides sustainable fuel for first biojet supply via hydrant system

Oslo, January 22, 2016: ITAKA project contributes to the first commercial supply of sustainable biojet fuel in collaboration with Air BP and Avinor, the Norwegian airport operator, at Oslo Airport Gardermoen (Norway). ITAKA, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program, is the first project worldwide that demonstrates the entire value chain in Europe from sustainable feedstock production to the use of the biojet fuel using the normal supply mechanism.

The fuel will be first used by Lufthansa Group, followed by Scandinavian national carrier SAS and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, strongly committed to the use of sustainable and low carbon renewable fuels. The sustainable biojet fuel has been produced from camelina grown in Spain by Camelina Company España (CCE) via the NEXBTL technology at Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland, and delivered to the airport by SkyNRG. The biojet fuel produced within ITAKA will be supplied directly into Oslo’s fuel hydrant system, meaning that it will become part of the airport’s common storage and distribution system without having to rely on a segregated infrastructure. This is a relevant breakthrough in the emerging market of biofuels for aviation and it is expected to foster an extensive adoption of non-segregated biofuel supplies worldwide.

These activities are framed within the EU’s vision for greening the aviation sector, one of which is the promotion of the development of alternative fuels for aviation. ITAKA is an on – going example of the research and innovation projects supported by the Commission that are delivering technological breakthrough developments for the aviation sector. The objective is reducing the CO2 emissions and shortening the time to market for new and cleaner solutions.

Dr. Inmaculada Gómez from SENASA, ITAKA Project coordinator, highlights: “We are very proud to take part in this pioneering initiative, bringing together several airlines and stakeholders united with a common objective: to support the implementation of sustainable fuels for the aviation industry, bringing the economic viability of biojet fuel a step closer to reality”.

David Gilmour, CEO for Air BP comments: “This is the first time aviation biofuel is being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, thus reducing logistics costs significantly. We want to demonstrate that airports can readily access biofuel with relative ease utilizing existing physical infrastructure. We anticipate that this will garner increased interest and demand, as well as contributing to a sustainable biofuel future for the aviation sector.”

“The commercial supply of sustainable jet fuel at Oslo Airport, using the existing infrastructure, demonstrates that the industry is now ready to take the next step in the development of this market, with KLM, Lufthansa and SAS as launching customers. We see that the Nordics, and especially Norway with the airport incentive installed by Avinor, have the basis and momentum to quickly move forward”, says Mr. Maarten van Dijk, CEO SkyNRG.

About ITAKA: The ITAKA project aims at supporting the development of aviation biofuels in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner, improving the readiness of existing technology and infrastructures. ITAKA is the first project worldwide that demonstrates the entire value chain for biojet production and the first supported by the EU on this topic and scope.

ITAKA partners are: SENASA (coordinator, ES), Airbus Group (FR, UK), Biotehgen (RO), Camelina Company España (ES), CLH (ES), Embraer (BR), EPFL (CH), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Neste (FI), RE-CORD (IT), SkyNRG (NL).

The ITAKA project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 308807.

For further information please visit: www.itaka-project.eu

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Embraer: 101 Commercial Jets Delivered in 2015

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São José dos Campos, Brazil, January 14, 2016: Embraer delivered 33 commercial and 45 business jets, 25 of which are light jets and 20 are large, during the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15). The company ended the full year with 101 aircraft delivered to the commercial airline market and 120 to the executive aviation market, totaling 82 light and 38 large business jets. The total of 221 aircraft for both markets represents the highest volume of deliveries in the last five years. On December 31, the firm order backlog reached USD 22.5 billion.

 

Embraer Commercial Aviation Order Backlog (December 31, 2015)

Aircraft Type Firm Orders Options Deliveries Firm

Order Backlog

E170 193 7 190 3
E175 500 296 331 169
E190 578 88 523 55
E195 166 3 147 19
175-E2 100 100 0 100
190-E2 77 85 0 77
195-E2 90 80 0 90
Total 1704 659 1191 513

 

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