The Embraer 190 is a small, narrow bodied jet that became popular for making small flights of no more than three hours. The twin engine was made by a Brazilian aerospace company named Embraer, out of Sao Jose dos Campos in Sao Paulo. The company is the third largest manufacturer of airplanes in the world. The company was launched in 1969 and the Embraer 190 is one of its most successful ventures. Here are ten interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about the jet.
1. The Embraer 190 is one of the most green jets in the world
The manufacturer designed the Embraer 190 with the earth and the environment in mind. In fact, it not only meets the Civil Aviation Organization’s requirements for noise and emission controls, it exceeds them. This puts it high on the preferred list for jet-setters who have a heart for the environment.
2. The aircraft made its debut at the Paris Air show
The Embraer company knew that they had a winning product on their hands. They officially introduced the Embraer 190 to the world at the 1999 Paris Air Show. It gave the world a preview of what was to come. Production of the jet commenced in 2002 leaving a three year lag in between the presentation and when the craft was officially available for purchase.
3. The Embraer 190 wasn’t test flown for 5 years after its introduction
The first test flight of this jet didn’t actually take place until March of 2004. This was five years after making its appearance at the Paris Air Show in 1999.
4. JetBlue was the first taker on the new jet
The Series E Embraer 190, also known as the E190, didn’t make its first official commercial flight until after delivery to JetBlue in 2005. JetBlue is a New York based budget priced carrier that offers discount flights led the pack in trying the jet commercially and proving its mettle, paving the way for others to find out what all the hype surrounding the Embraer 190 was all about.
5. The jet found international appeal
The Embraer 190 became popular with a variety of international carriers who added the jet to their fleets of aircraft. In addition to JetBlue, Finnair, Arkia Israel Airline, Bulgaria Air and Ukraine International Airlines all purchased Embraer 190s for their shorter distance commutes.
6. The cabin altitude for comfort is low
The 190 is a commercial airliner that has a low cabin altitude of just 7,000 feet. What this means is that the cabin must be pressurized to 7,000 feet vs the Boeing 767’s need to maintain 8,000 feet of cabin pressure. Cabin pressure refers to the amount that is necessary to minimize the risk of side effects because when flying, the air pressure increases and decreases, creating a risk for air sickness and other types of sicknesses. The minimum cabin altitude is 8,000 feet, but at 7,000 feet, the ride is much more pleasant.
7. The aircraft has been tested and proven
The Embraer 190 and it’s predecessor the 170 model have both undergone extensive testing. They’ve even flown them under harsh environments and adverse weather conditions. Together, this line of aircraft has logged in over 5 million hours of flight and they are proven to be dependable under frequent usage.
8. The Embraer 190 is a “pilot’s airplane”
Positive remarks about the 190 have been made by a variety of pilots who have logged in many hours at the controls of the craft. The Embraer technology puts the controls within the discretion of the pilots and allows them to fly the plane more safely than some other types of aircraft. The configuration of the technology behind the controls give the pilots the option of flying it manually if there are issues with the autopilot and if something unexpected happens, they are able to take full charge and use their best judgment in certain flying situation.
9. The 190 is built with five design concepts
The 190 can be ordered with a variety of customized features to suit the owner’s personal preferences. The various interior designs offered are Skyranch One, Skyacht One Kyoto Airship, Hollywood and Manhattan.
10. Nobody sits in the middle
Sitting in the middle is a boring place to be and it can be uncomfortable as well. Nobody sits in a middle seat in an Embraer 190. There are no middle seats. Passengers either sit at a window seat or an aisle seat. This eliminates some of the discomfort that passengers experience from being stuck in a middle seat in between obnoxious or excessively chatty co-travelers.