Embraer dives into the freighter market – launches E-Jets to bridge gaps in the cargo industry

The Covid pandemic may have caused a slump in passenger traffic but it couldn’t shake the global market for air cargo, which increased by 6.9% in 2021, compared to 2019 (pre-covid levels) and 18.7% compared to 2020. Grabbing the opportunity by its horns, Embraer has now entered the air freight market with the launch of the E190F and E195F Passenger to Freight Conversions (P2F).

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Reportedly, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has unveiled a program that would convert pre-owned E190s and E195s from passenger jets to freighters. Designed and modified in response to the changing demands of e-commerce and modern trade, the “E-Jets” are touted to provide unmatched cargo economics and flexibility.

Perfectly positioned to fill the gap in the freighter market between turboprops and larger narrowbody jets, our P2F E-Jet conversion hits the market as the demand for airfreight continues to takeoff, and as e-commerce and trade in general undergoes a global structural transformation,

said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation

As opposed to conventional P2F conversion(s) wherein the seats are removed from passenger cabins, the E-Jet fighters will receive structural modifications as well.

Tech and Specs

Load configurationVolume (ft3/m3)Payload (lb/kg)
E190F7 ULDs main deck + under floor3,632/102,823,608/10,709
E195F8 ULDs main deck + under floor4,171/118,127,112/12,298

The range and payload capacity of the E195F is comparable to the B737-300SF-nearly 2,500 nm-yet the E195F burns less fuel, generates fewer emissions, and has lower maintenance and cash operating costs.

E190 Passenger version | Representative | Airways Magazine

From what is known, overhead bins are removed, new smoke detection and fire suppression systems are installed, the main deck floor is reinforced and has a cargo handling system. Finally, there is a new forward cargo door as well.

E195 | Representative | v1Images Aviation Media

The E-Jets also boasts of the ability to offer optimised loading configurations. Cargo carriers now have the option of maximizing efficiency by better matching capacity to demand.

The company has projected a demand for the size category of the E190/195F of some 700 aircraft over 20 years. Additionally, it will also make the conversion available for all used E190 and E195 aircraft.

Supporting its recent announcement, the aircraft manufacturer has said that the decision was made keeping the changing cargo scenario in mind. Apparently, much of the current standard body freighter fleet has entered its retirement window, and hence this would be the right time to foray into the cargo segment.

The proposed cargo conversion is also touted to increase the operational life of these jets by another 10-15 years. The E-Jets, reportedly, are said to offer 50% more volume capacity and three times the range of large cargo turboprops and “up to 30%” lower operating costs than narrowbodies.

The expected entry into service is early 2024.



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