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The success of the Embraer Regional Jets (ERJ) family
gave new impetus to the company, and in the early
2000s, the E-Jets program was announced, heralding
a range of commercial jets with 70-130 passenger
capacity. At the same time Embraer intensified its
participation in the executive jets segment, developing
the Legacy and Phenom families, as well as the
Between 2000 and 2010, the E-Jets fleet strengthened
Embraer’s position in the regional commercial aviation
segment around the world, while the Phenom 300
became the best-selling executive aircraft in the world.
Since 2009, the E-Jets E2 family (claimed by Embraer
to be the quietest and most efficient small narrowbody
jets in the world), and the Praetor family of executive
jets have all been launched.
The next stage in Embraer's plans for disruptive
aerospace innovation is that the company's executives
and engineers are committed to developing an eVTOL
(electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle), designed
to revolutionise urban mobility by increasing access to
air transport within cities.
According to the company, through its innovative DNA,
"Embraer is committed to overcoming the challenges of
the future. Building, through creative engineering,
a legacy whose heir will be humanity itself."
2000s: the birth of the E-Jets
In the early 1990s, Embraer partnered
with FAMA (Fábrica Argentina de Material
Aeroespacial) to invest in the 19-seat CBA 123
Vector, a regional turboprop designed as a
quiet and fast successor to the Bandeirante.
However, with the programme demanding
high investments and facing an unfavourable
international economic scenario, the aircraft did
not meet market expectations.
In 1994, after investing in the CBA 123 project,
Embraer suffered financial difficulties and
extensive corporate changes were necessary.
Ozires Silva returned to the company to lead it
through privatisation, which was concluded at
the end of that year.
In the midst of this troubled situation,
Embraer engineers worked on a new aircraft.
They studied the regional aviation market and
identified a new model capable of meeting
market needs. The ERJ 145 was a twin-engine,
narrow-body jet for 37-50 passengers. Aligned
with market demands, the aircraft was so
successful, it gave rise to a complete family of
Embraer Regional Jets - the ERJ 135, ERJ 140,
ERJ 145 and ERJ 145XR.
human perceptions, traditional mockups are still the best approach
and cannot be discarded.”
The core elements of passenger experience are also relatively
timeless, Galhardo Gomes suggests.
“Embraer believes that the passenger experience results
from the combination of several aspects. Keeping passengers
entertained is one aspect. Other aspects are a quiet cabin,
comfortable seats, adequate living space for passengers
while seated, environmental comfort, adequate personal
storage space, appropriate cabin service, and well-designed
lavatories,” he says. “Balance and integration of all these
aspects into aircraft cabin design are key elements to
a positive passenger experience, and that is
what we target.”
We can expect that Embraer will focus on
that balance, while keeping up with modern
technology, materials and processes, over
the next 50 years.
ABOVE: THE 2-1 SEATING OF THE
EMB 120 BRASILIA CABIN. PHOTO:
RENATO SPILIMBERGO CARVALHO
RIGHT: THE FIRST ROLLOUT OF THE
ERJ 145 TWIN-ENGINE REGIONAL JET
BELOW RIGHT: THE E2'S STOWAGE
BINS HELP REDUCE THE NEED TO
CHECK BAGS ON REGIONAL FLIGHTS
“To address human
are still the best approach”
Features section of
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in-depth look at
the E2 cabin