On June 17th, 2013 Embraer announced the existence of a upgraded EJet series planned for delivery in 2018. With this announcement, the manufacturer also revealed that it had also received a large number of launch orders for the new type.
SkyWest placed a firm order for 100 Embraer 175s with options for an additional 100 aircraft while ILFC signed a letter of intent to buy 25 Embraer 190s and 25 Embraer 195s, with 50 options. Embraer also indicated letters of intent from five undisclosed airlines for 65 further second-generation E-Jets.
The new series can be noted by the addition of the code E2 to the existing model types and include the E175-E2, which is stretched one row and the E-195-E2, which is stretched by three seat rows. In addition there will be a redesigned wing and improved engines.
The E-195-E2 is aimed to compete directly against Bombardier’s CSeries, which seats between 110 and 145 passengers. There are just under 200 orders for the CSeries announced by Bombardier.
The E-190-E2 is planned to enter service in the second half of 2018, followed by the E-195-E2 in 2019, and the E175-E2 in 2021.