No Middle Seat | The ‘Shark’ E190-E2 Appears at Various Airshows

BRASILIA: Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is certainly turning heads with the paint job for one of its new E190-E2.

The jet is nicknamed the “Shark Profit Hunter”, and it’s clear to see why. It is appearing at various air shows around the world as Embraer drums up business for the plane.

The E190-E2 gets rid of the dreaded middle-seat in a 2-2 configuration and can carry up to 150 passengers.

The windows and luggage bins are also bigger to give a more “wide-body cabin feel”, Rodrigo Silva e Souza, Vice-President of marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation, told. “Preserving passenger personal space is the goal,” he added.

The jet is said to be one of the most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market and burns 17 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, the E190. It’s main rival is the new Airbus A220 plane.

Embraer has been showing off the jet at a series of air shows, including here at Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China.

One airline has started flying the plane already – Norwegian carrier Widerøe has three in service since April. AerCap, an aircraft-leasing company, has 23 on order, and airlines from countries including Switzerland, the US and China are also lining up.

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