Brazilian airframer Embraer has delivered the first E-Jet E190-E2 to its launch customer, Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe. The aircraft has technologies made by MTU Aero Engines on board: MTU has a program share of 17 percent in the PW1900G geared turbofan engine, contributing technologies in which it excels – the unique high-speed low-pressure turbine and the forward four stages of the high-pressure compressor.
The PW1900G is a member of the fuel-efficient, low-noise PurePower® PW1000G family of engines, which Pratt & Whitney is building jointly with MTU. The engine is a derivative of the PW1500G, which has been in revenue service on Bombardier's C Series since 2016. "Entry into service of Embraer's E2-Jet generation is a huge success for MTU," says MTU Chief Program Officer Michael Schreyögg. "Together with the geared turbofan engines for the Bombardier C Series and for the future MRJ aircraft, plus our CF34 MRO service offerings, we now have a complete range of products to serve the entire fleet of regional jets."
For Widerøe, the E-Jet ushers in a new era; for so far, its fleet has consisted of Dash 8 turboprop aircraft. The carrier has placed firm orders for three E2s and has taken purchase rights for up to another twelve of the aircraft. The E190-E2 will not be the only second-generation E-Jet. A stretched version – the E195-E2 – will become the second member of the family, and a shorter variant – the E175-E2 – will be added to the fleet in 2021. The E175-E2 will be powered by the PW1700G geared turbofan engine, in which MTU has a stake too.