Embraer is hoping to capture market share in the VVIP category from Boeing and Airbus with the rollout of the Lineage 1000E. The new aircraft is 500 lb. lighter thanks to the removal of a dozen windows and forward door, and it sports a redesigned five-zone interior.
Embraer is rolling out a new version of its top-of-the-line Lineage business jet, with an extended range, a redesigned interior, new equipment and other changes that the company hopes will make it a strong contender in the VVIP market.
The new Lineage, which carries the designation 1000E, will have an additional 200 nm of range. Embraer was able to squeeze out the additional range by removing 500 lb. from the airframe’s basic empty weight.
Since the aircraft is derived from the Embraer 190 jet liner, it was designed with two forward doors. On the original Lineage, Embraer would block off the door, since it was not necessary on a business jet, and plug numerous passenger windows that were blocked by the interior features. Embraer has redesigned the airframe without the second forward door and removed the “mirage” windows to provide a cleaner, smoother look on the outside and create a substantial weight savings.
Embraer also redesigned the routing of the harnesses, used lighter attachments for CMS/IFE architecture, and reduced cabinetry weight. The result is more payload for the same range, a range of 4,440 nm at high-speed cruise and of 4,600 nm at Mach 0.78.
The extra range is a particular advantage for flights out of Teterboro, N.J., because it opens up a number of new markets, including Shannon (Ireland) and Los Angeles, says Augusto Salgado da Rocha, senior manager for product strategy and sales engineering.
The range and fuselage changes are among a number of design efforts on the Lineage. The aircraft will come with a redesigned interior with layout flexibility. It has five zones with two rigid doors to provide separate rooms. Taking much more of an executive-jet approach to the design, Embraer looked at details such as reducing galley noise level, Salgado da Rocha says.
The 1000E also will host the newest Honeywell Ovation Select in-flight entertainment and cabin management package, which is completely digital and has iPad and touch-screen controls. Also new on the 1000E: options for autoland and E2VS (Embraer Enhanced Vision System) with head-up display and EVS together.
Embraer makes these changes in the hope of increasing its footprint in the VVIP market against the likes of Airbus and Boeing. Marco Tulio Pellegrini, svp of operations and COO for Embraer’s Executive Jets division, notes that increasing market share with the Lineage “was kind of a challenge.” Embraer won Brazilian certification of the aircraft in 2008, and FAA certification followed in early 2009. Since then, the company has delivered about two dozen units, but a number of them are shuttle variants. Only about 14 of those were strictly Lineages.