First Embraer E190F Freighter Takes Flight

An Embraer 190F freighter aircraft landing.
Photo Credit: Embraer

Embraer’s innovative E190F freighter has successfully completed its maiden flight in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

This marks a significant milestone for the company’s E-Jet conversion program, transforming passenger jets into efficient cargo carriers.

The Embraer team conducted a comprehensive two-hour evaluation flight, kicking off a series of tests before the E190F enters commercial operation. The aircraft belongs to Regional One, a U.S. leasing company.

Embraer E-Freighter Program

“The E-Freighter program unlocks exciting new possibilities for Embraer,” said Francisco Gomes Neto, President and CEO of Embraer.

“It directly addresses the booming e-commerce industry’s demand for efficient cargo transport. This program combines the high-tech capabilities of the E-Jets family with unbeatable operational performance.”

Photo Credits: Embraer

Neto continued, “We’re impressed by the swift progress of the E190F and E195F during testing. These freighters will equip our customers for a future of agile and decentralized cargo delivery.”

The successful first flight signifies a crucial step in Embraer’s rigorous testing process for the E-Freighter jets.

The aircraft has already aced ground pressurization and cargo loading tests, demonstrating its readiness for the skies.

Advantages of E-Jet Freighters

E-Jets converted into freighters boast significant advantages. They offer over 50% more cargo volume compared to their passenger counterparts.

Additionally, they boast a range three times greater than large turboprop cargo planes and boast up to 30% lower operating costs than traditional narrowbody freighters.

When combining capacity within the main deck and underfloor compartments, the E190F offers a maximum structural payload of 13,500 kg, while the E195F reaches 14,300 kg.

The Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) Market

Embraer’s E-Jet E190F freighter program is part of a larger trend within the aviation industry: the Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) market.

As e-commerce flourishes and global cargo demands soar, P2F conversions offer a sustainable and cost-effective solution.

These conversions breathe new life into older passenger aircraft, transforming them into dedicated cargo carriers.

This market has witnessed a surge in recent years, fueled by factors like:

  • E-commerce boom: The ever-growing demand for fast and efficient cargo delivery aligns perfectly with the capabilities of converted freighters.
  • Cost-effectiveness: P2F conversions offer airlines a more economical option compared to acquiring brand-new freighters.
  • Environmental benefits: Repurposing existing aircraft reduces waste and lowers the environmental impact compared to manufacturing entirely new freighters.

The P2F market caters to various aircraft types, with narrowbody jets like the E-Jet family being increasingly popular for shorter and medium-range routes.

This segment offers advantages like increased cargo volume and operational efficiency, making them ideal for the e-commerce boom.

Launched in 2022, the Embraer E190F and E195F Passenger-to-Freight (P2F) program is a testament to its global collaboration.

It involved a network of over 40 suppliers and more than 600 dedicated Embraer employees who invested over half a million hours in bringing the E-Freighter to life.

About Embraer

Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. On average, about every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.

Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats and the main exporter of high value-added goods in Brazil.

The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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