China Certifies the Embraer E195-E2 

An Embraer E195-E2 jet touches down.
Photo Credit: Embraer

The Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has now certified the Embraer E190-E2 to fly in China. This progress comes after the Zhuhai Air Show in November last year. 

Embraer – 23 years in China


The certification of Embraer’s E-Jet comes in what is the 23rd year of operation in China for the Brazilian manufacturer.

In September 2000, the first Embraer ERJ145 was delivered to Sichuan Airlines, and in May 2008, Embraer delivered its first E-Jet, an E190, to Tianjin Airlines.

Today, there are 85 E-Jets flying with Tianjin Airlines, Hebei Airlines, Beibu Gulf Airlines, Colorful Guizhou Airlines in China.

Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation stated: “We’re excited to now have both the E190-E2 and E195-E2 certified by CAAC, paving the way for sales in the Chinese market,”

Mr. Meijer furthered: “Our team in China is actively working with potential customers and making good progress.”

“There are significant opportunities for the E2 in China, which offers complementary capacity to China’s indigenous ARJ21 and C919 aircraft; combined, they provide flexible, efficient, and eco-friendly options for Chinese airlines, meeting the demand of the world’s fast-growing air transportation market.”

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The Future Landscape


The future for Asia or at least focused in China looks very bright according to the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. 

In their latest 20-year market outlook released in June – the report covers Asia Pacific and is poised to show a strong growth rate.  Growth could be witnessed by an increase in RPK by 4.4% annually over the next 2 deceased. 

This means that there is an increase in demand for Embraer’s aircraft, signifying the popularity of narrow-body aircraft or up-to-150-seat segment in China. 

The Embraer E195-E2 in flight.
Photo Credit: Embraer

 Guo Qing, Managing Director and VP of Commercial Aviation, Embraer China stated enthusiastically:  “It’s another milestone for the largest Embraer jet – the E195-E2 – to be certified by CAAC,” 

Mr. Qing furthered: “China is moving closer to carbon neutrality. The E195-E2 is the most environmentally efficient aircraft in its class.”

“With a maximum of 146 seats, E195-E2 is the right size to profitably complement larger narrowbodies on lower density routes, connecting regional airports and offering travelers living in secondary and tertiary cities with one-stop access to routes worldwide.”

Mr Guo mentioned that there is a huge collaboration between the governments of the two countries, and without state support, the certification would have become more difficult. 

He said: “With both the Chinese and Brazilian governments reiterating their support for Embraer’s activities in China during Brazilian President Lula’s State visit to China, I’m very optimistic about the opportunities in China.” 

E195-E2 Showcase in China 


In November 2022, the Embraer E195-E2 ‘TechLion’ visited China and made its debut at Zhuhai Airshow. 

The Brazilian-made jet exhibits its capabilities to the Chinese leaders in the aerospace and tech fields. The Embraer jet has proven itself with its outstanding performance, minimal noise, emissions, and low operations costs. 

Photo Credit: Embraer

A Proven Machine

The E190-E2 has been flying commercial since 2019 with Brazilian airline Azul. The E195-E2 can carry 120 and 146 passengers and is proven to be the most fuel-efficient of the E-Jet family, and also the largest. 

In fact, the aircraft delivers 25% better fuel efficiency per seat compared to previous generation E-jets. 

The E195-E2 is one of the most economical aircraft and is 100% tested on SAF, further re-iterating the aircraft’s compatibility with the future and 100% SAF, without compromising on safety and or performance. 

The aircraft emits 25% fewer carbon dioxide emissions compared to previous generation aircraft, and this reduction can be lifted to 85% with the utilisation of SAF.

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