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Feb 26, 2016

Embraer rolls out its new tech E190 E2 regional jet

It's been a week of roll outs of strategic new plays more than new jets for Airbus and Embraer, and at least one of them will be seen in this part of the world. The fi

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Quiet, comfortable, and locally unloved, the E-jet in a new tech makeover
Quiet, comfortable, and locally unloved, the E-jet in a new tech makeover

It’s been a week of roll outs of strategic new plays more than new jets for Airbus and Embraer, and at least one of them will be seen in this part of the world.

The first occurred at Mobile, Alabama, where the first American assembled Airbus airliner, an A321 CEO for JetBlue, made its appearance on its way to the paint shop to be closely followed by a tranche of six of the same model for American Airlines.

The Mobile facility has been dedicated to the A321 model, both the current version and the new technology A321 NEO, which have scored major wins over the competing Boeing models, the 737-900 and the 737 MAX 9.

Meanwhile, at a WWII USAF base, Airbus emerges to take America, perhaps
Meanwhile, at a WWII USAF base, Airbus emerges to take America, perhaps

In this market Jetstar already flies the A321 and holds orders for 99 of the A320 NEO family, which has also been ordered by Air NZ.

Overnight, at its factory in São José dos Campos, Brazil, Embraer roll out its fully painted prototype E190-E2 regional jet, a high tech remake of the E190 in service with Virgin Australia.

The E2 family-there will be three variants- uses a version of the Pratt & Whitney geared turbo fan PurePower engine which is also one of the options on the Airbus A320 NEO line, and the engine for the E2’s most direct new design competitor the Canadian built Bombardier CSeries.

The futures of the CSeries and E2 lines are uncertain in this part of the world. Virgin Australia doesn’t share the enthusiasm of its passengers for the exceptionally comfortable cabin of the E190s it has in service, while Qantas seems set to meet its needs for airliners of similar size on the QantasLink network until well into the next decade using out of production Boeing 717s.

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