Embraer today, during its participation in the Selangor Aviation Show, released a study showing that regional jets could enable the opening of more than 100 new routes in the Malaysian region.
“As demand for travel recovers, we see unique opportunities for Malaysia to enhance its domestic and regional connectivity. However, these new routes must also have commercial viability for the airlines,” said Raul Villaron, Embraer Commercial Aviation Director for Asia Pacific. “Airlines are facing major challenges, such as higher fuel prices and an increasingly competitive operating environment, making an adequacy in aircraft capacity for passengers imperative.”
Embraer has also identified a need for 150 new aircraft under 150 seats over the next 20 years in Malaysia. Regional aircraft of this size will complement the larger ones, which are prevalent in the country, and increase the viability of establishing new routes or extending the frequency of existing routes. This includes boosting connectivity domestically and between cities in Peninsula Malaysia with the regions of Sabah and Sarawak.
At the previous edition of the Selangor Aviation Show, Embraer exhibited its E195-E2 business jet, demonstrating how the aircraft’s low operating costs, superior performance and lower fuel consumption and low noise emissions can add value to Malaysia’s aviation landscape. The E195-E2 is the world’s most efficient and sustainable single-aisle aircraft and accommodates up to 146 passengers.
Regional jets like Embraer’s E-Jets E2 family of aircraft (E190-E2 and E195-E2) have ideal attributes that allow airlines to increase their route network and direct passenger traffic to their hubs. The E2 has a travel cost 25% lower than a new generation single-aisle aircraft commonly seen in Malaysia, maintaining seat cost parity and improving an airline’s competitiveness.
Embraer E-Jets have been featured in major airline hubs around the world. Companies such as KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways, Japan Airlines and all major US airlines have deployed E-Jets to increase their routes and feed traffic to their air hubs. Regional airlines also operate E-Jets to establish routes to and from secondary and tertiary cities.
The study on the Malaysian market is available at: https://www.embraercommercialaviation.com/media-downloads/documents/#49-184-selangor-aviation-show-2022
The E2 is the most efficient single-aisle aircraft, saving up to 25 percent of carbon dioxide emissions compared to previous generation aircraft.
In early July, Embraer and Pratt & Whitney successfully tested an E195-E2 aircraft with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). With 100% SAF, the 25% reduction in emissions can be increased to an impressive 85%.
By 2030, the E-Jets E2 family of business jets will be certified to fly on 100% SAF.
Embraer aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 and achieve carbon neutral growth from 2022 onwards. Its sustainability journey began almost 20 years ago, when the company was the first aircraft manufacturer to receive ISO 14001 certification in the environmental management of its production and design processes. In 2004, Embraer pioneered the certification of the world’s first series-produced airplane powered by biofuel, the “Ipanema”.
Embraer is involved in several new technology projects. The low-emission eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle), developed by Eve – Embraer’s spin-off company – will be in service from 2026, offering people more options to determine how they travel, especially the “last mile of the journey” – going from the airport to home or vice versa.
In November 2021, Embraer introduced the Energia family, which comprises four concept aircraft of varying sizes that incorporate different propulsion technologies – hybrid-electric, electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and dual-fuel gas turbine.
*** Translated by DEFCONPress FYI Team ***