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Embraer showcases new E-Jets E2 passenger cabin

July 15, 2014, Farborough, U.K. - Embraer is displaying a full-size mock-up of the passenger cabin of its E-Jets E2, the second generation of its E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, at the Farnborough Air Show.  This is the first time the cabin is on public display.  UK design firm Priestmangoode was contracted to jointly develop the aircraft cabin design with Embraer.

July 15, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

“E-Jets have always been a favorite of passengers because of their
excellent comfort and individual space in a cabin where every seat is
either a window or aisle.  There are no uncomfortable middle seats,”
said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial
Aviation. “The new interior of the E2s will deliver an even more
comfortable and functional environment that is tailored to passenger
needs while maximizing airlines’ operational efficiency.”

Economy Class, the E2s will maintain two seats on each side of the
aisle, which is an advantage over other aircraft that offer seat banks
with three seats.  With this configuration, the Embraer airplanes
provide maximum comfort for passengers and faster boarding and
disembarking.  The 18.3-inch width seats are among the widest offered in
the industry and will be of the slim type, providing greater leg room
for passengers.

The overhead bins will be about 40% larger than
those of current generation E-Jets,  allowing every passenger to take
one typical airline carry-on bag on board. In addition, the bins will
accommodate bags with IATA maximum recommended size (22 in x 18 in x 10
in, or 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm).

New individual control panels for
lights and air-conditioning (the Passenger Service Unit – PSU) enhance
the “personal space” concept, with more ergonomic and intuitive controls
that were inspired by the automotive industry. The windows were
redesigned and now give the feeling of a larger cabin with outstanding
natural lighting.


For First Class configurations, Embraer is
evaluating a concept of staggered individual seats that provide
exceptional leg room and introduces a new standard of comfort on a
single-aisle jet that is traditionally offered only on much larger
airplanes. The E2 cabin will have options for Wi-Fi internet
connectivity and individual screens for in-flight entertainment, among
other amenities.

Another innovation under analysis by Embraer
that is featured in the cabin mock-up is the placement of a unique
welcome screen at the passenger entrance area.  Airlines may find this
feature to be a potential source of additional revenue where they can
display advertising or reinforce their brand.

To be attractive to
leasing companies, Embraer has developed a modular construction
approach for the new interior.  The modularity concept is built around
standard parts and structures, such as common overhead luggage bin parts
for all classes.  Modularity means airlines and leasing companies
benefit from faster reconfiguration, fewer parts, and simplified


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