Embraer returns with the Tech Shark (+Photos) – Airways Magazine

FARNBOROUGH – Starting the 2022 Farnborough Airshow with a savage bite on its competitors, the latest ‘Profit Hunter’ demo plane showed off its performance to journalists and guests during a demonstration flight today.

Briefing the press before departure, Francisco Gomes Neto, CEO of Embraer, welcomed attendees to the event, commenting on the challenges the company has faced over the past four years. In 2019, Embraer and Boeing agreed to create a commercial joint venture, which fell through after Boeing terminated the agreement in April 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For us at Embraer, it has been years of reinvention. We reintegrated our commercial aviation business and implemented a new strategy. We are more efficient and fit for growth,” said Gomes Neto. “We are very confident about the future, as we believe that the combination of innovation, business efficiency and our fantastic people is very powerful and will make us grow in a sustainable way”, concluded the CEO.

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Embraer CEO Francisco Gomes Neto addressing attendees at the 2022 Farnborough Airshow (Photo: Kochan Kleps/Airlines companies)

Luis Carlos Affonso, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Embraer, unveiled the company’s future product line roadmap. In addition, the executive hinted that its long-rumoured regional airline NG Turboprop, intended to compete in the 70-90 seat market, would enter service by 2026.

Luis Carlos Affonso, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Embraer speaks to the media at the 2022 Farnborough Airshow. (Photo: Kochan Kleps/Airlines companies)

The aircraft would be the company’s first to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), soon to be followed by the EJets-E2 aircraft with 100% SAF. Last June, the aircraft manufacturer and Pratt & Whitney successfully conducted a brief 100% SAF test program in Florida on one of the PW GTF engines of an Embraer E195-E2.

According to Embraer, the test confirmed the use of blends containing up to 100% SAF without performance limitations or safety issues. However, a Pratt & Whitney official noted that certification of such blends would not be immediate.

Embraer’s efforts in developing an SAF ecosystem have also been in the spotlight after signing a letter of intent with Brazilian bioenergy Raízen in which the two companies laid the groundwork for the use of Raízen SAF on Embraer aircraft.

“As the largest producer of sugar cane ethanol in the world, it is only natural that we would consider a possible supply of SAF. This partnership with Embraer, a global reference, reinforces the sustainability program and the expansion of the company’s portfolio,” said Antonio Cardoso, Vice President of Marketing and Services, Raízen.

L/R: Carlos Alberto Griner, Vice President of Human Resources, ESG and Communications, Embraer; Antonio Cardoso, vice president of marketing and services, Razen; and Roberto Chaves, CPO, Embraer celebrate their partnership to drive the development of the SAF production ecosystem. (Photo: Kochan Kleps/Airlines companies)

Pilot the profit hunter “Tech Shark”

Since the launch of the EJets-E2 program, Embraer has released a series of aircraft depicting nature’s predators adorning the nose of its aircraft. Earlier this year, the company unveiled the latest iteration of this series, an Embraer E190-E2 (2-RLET LN 19020015) which premiered at this year’s Singapore Airshow. Additionally, a second aircraft, an E195-E2 with the “Tech Lion” Profit Hunter (PR-ZIQ LN 19020041), was also on display at the show for static display.

Embraer Profit Hunter aircraft came to mark their territory at the 2022 Farnborough Airshow (Photo: Kochan Kleps/Airlines companies)

The demonstration aircraft had a one-class cabin configuration, with 110 Collins Aerospace Pinnacle Economy seats upholstered in red and blue leather, arranged at 32 inches of seat pitch. Additionally, among the cabin improvements over the previous generation is the redesign of the overhead bins, which now offer more space for passengers while creating more capacity for carry-on luggage.

The passenger cabin had a single-class configuration with 110 seats arranged 32 inches apart. (Photo: Kochan Kleps/Airlines companies)

The flight, commanded by Captain Rafael Aguiar, was pushed back from its stand at 10:22 a.m. local time. After a fairly long taxi, due to incoming traffic, the flight took off from runway 24 at 10:48. After a steep climb, the aircraft reached a cruising altitude of 15,000ft, providing stunning views on a sunny day over South West England. After passing abeam of Southampton and crossing the Isle of Wight, it began a smooth and gradual descent to land at Farnborough 56 minutes after takeoff.

The consensus among reporters was the quietness of the cabin. Audio levels ranged from 63 to 75 dB during the cruise phase depending on the measurements we took in different sections of the cabin.

Captain Aguiar at the controls in flight. (Photo: Simone Chellini/Airlines companies)

The builder came to the Farnborough Airshow 2022 to mark its territory, and the demonstration flight proved it had the right metal to do it. In its latest market outlook, Embraer predicts demand for 8,600 aircraft in the segment up to 150 seats over the next 20 years. Hopefully the next few days will be fruitful for the company in terms of new orders.

Featured image: Kochan Kleps/Airways

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