Embraer is offering more options for cargo operators with the launch of its E190F and E195F passenger to freighter conversions (P2F) to cater the ongoing surge in demand for air freight driven by e-commerce.
These right-sized jets, as Embraer describes, will fill the gap in the freighter market between turboprops and larger narrowbody jets. The E190F can handle a payload of 23,600 pounds or 10,700 kilos (10.7 tonnes), whilst the E195F variant can carry up to 27,100 pounds or 12,300 kilos (12.3 tonnes).
Earlier E-Jets that entered service some time 10-15 years ago are now emerging from long-term leases and beginning their replacement cycle, continuing into the next decade. The Brazilian jet manufacturer said the conversion to freighter will be performed at its facilities in Brazil and will be available for all pre-owned E190 and E195 aircraft, with entry into service expected by 2024.
The conversion to freighter will include the main deck front cargo door; cargo handling system; floor reinforcement; rigid cargo barrier (RCB) – 9G barrier with access door; cargo smoke detection system, including class ‘E’ extinguishers in upper cargo compartment; air management system changes (cooling, pressurization, etc); interior removal and provisions for hazardous material transportation.
The Brazilian jet manufacturer said that a full cargo conversion will extend the life of the more mature jets by another 10 to 15 years. In Asia, Tianjin Airlines has 32 E190s in service with 20 parked, according to Planespotters. Other E-Jet operators include GX Airlines in China with 7 E190s in service and 10 parked and J-Air in Japan with 14 E190s in service. Bamboo Airways in Vietnam and Taiwanese carrier Mandarin Airlines join the list. Embraer sees market demand to hit around 700 aircraft over the next 2 decades.