A completely redesigned cabin with unprecedented space and an innovative premium seating layout is on display at the Farnborough Air Show. UK design firm Priestmangoode was contracted to develop the interior jointly with Embraer.
The new E2 cabin keeps the trademark two-by-two, 18.3 inch wide seats in economy class. The slim seats, which have no under seat support rails, give passengers more space to stow their cabin baggage or stretch out.
New overhead bins are about 40% larger compared to current-generation E-Jets. Space is so generous that each passenger on the aircraft can stow his/her own standard-size carry-on bag in the bins.
One of the signature design features of the E2 is an individual PSU (passenger service unit). Inspired by the automotive industry, each passenger has his/her own light and air vent that is positioned directly above the seat. Windows have been redesigned, too, to make the cabin feel larger and brighter.
For customers who require a premium cabin, Embraer is evaluating a concept of staggered individual seats that provide exceptional leg room and privacy.
The E2 cabin has options for Wi-Fi internet connectivity and individual screens for in-flight entertainment.
Another innovation being evaluated and that is featured in the cabin mock-up is a unique welcome screen at the boarding entrance. The LED panel can display flight information, destination weather, marketing messages or whatever the airline chooses.
Leasing companies will find the E2 particularly attractive. Embraer has taken a modular construction approach for the new interior. The modularity concept focuses on the use of standard parts and structures, such as common overhead luggage bin parts, for all classes. Modularity means airlines and leasing companies benefit from faster reconfiguration, stocking fewer parts, and simplified maintenance.