See? I told you that things were going to be boring for the next few weeks. Not only am I trying to update a lot of older aircraft templates that had errors (or desperately needed cleaning up), I’m also trying to fill as many holes as I can in my existing catalog. These Embraer E195 templates (for the original E1 version) are a perfect example of the latter. I can’t believe I never got around to creating them when I did the E175 and E190 way back in 2015.
The most interesting thing about doing these illustrations was the fact that this E1 version looks downright weird compared to the E2 version I created earlier this year. The tiny engines and smaller wing of the E1 are a huge reminder of how much was changed for the second iteration – almost to the point of it being a completely different aircraft type.
Anyway, these E195 drawings bring me one step closer to the completion of the original Embraer E-Jet family (I still need to do the E170). It’s taking a while, I know, but I thank you for your patience!
A few interesting facts to note about the E195 (stuff I didn’t know until doing the research to create these illustrations):
- Resale values of the E195 are in the toilet right now – so if you’re a new (or struggling) airline looking to expand, picking up some lightly used E195’s might be a wise decision. If you’re curious (and feeling spendy), you can go here to see current prices.
- Azul is the only airline with a significant fleet of E195’s (60 at the time of this writing). Two carriers (Austrian and Tianjin) share the #2 spot. Both have 17 in their fleets. Kalstar Aviation and Aurigny both have 1 each.
- A stretched version of the E195 (dubbed the E195X) was proposed early on, but was dropped in May 2010. This stretched variant would have had the capacity for up to 130 passengers, though it would have come at the cost of being extremely ugly (just my opinion anyway).
A brief history of the first-generation E195
Designed and built as a direct competitor to aircraft such as the A220-100, CRJ-1000, 737-600, A318 and 717, the first flight of the E-195 took place on December 7, 2004.
There have been 169 built and delivered to date, with 3 currently on backorder. The most interesting thing about this statistic is that there have been 112 confirmed orders for the E195-E2 at the time of this writing – which seems to imply that the second iteration of this aircraft is going to be a much bigger success.
And speaking of “success”, the original E195 wasn’t much of one IMHO. The only reason why I say this is that there have been a whopping 559 E190’s built and delivered to date, which is a very clear indication that most airlines saw more value in the slightly smaller variant. For the sake of comparison, there have been 577 E175’s and 191 E170’s built and delivered at the time of this writing.
How is the E195 different than the E190?
The primary difference is length. The E190 measures 118’-11” (36.24 m) in overall length, while the E195 measures 126’-10” (38.65 m). This equates to a max capacity difference of 114 passengers for the E190 and 116 for the E195. There is also a slight reduction in range for the E195 (2,300 nm / 4,260 km vs 2,450 nm / 4,537 km for the E190).
If you’re looking for all the other numbers, I recommend using AviatorJoe.net as a resource. There’s tons of good comparison data over there!
What am I going to work on next?
There’s actually so much that I need to work on that it makes me cringe with horror when thinking about it. As my collection of side view airliner templates grows, the list of things that need updating (and flat out redoing) continues to grow with it and it’s almost to the point where it’s becoming a full time job in itself. However, I’m just trying to remind myself that this is a lifelong project and I’ll just do what I can when I can.
The plan right now (as I mentioned in my last post) is to spend the next 2-3 weeks doing cleanup work – as much as I can, at least. After that, I will begin an all-new template sometime in July.
As far as what you’ll see me post here to the blog next week, well…that’s still totally up in the air right now.
Wait. That’s totally a pun… right? lol
NorebboMy name is Scott, and I started in the design industry over 20 years ago with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I have an extensive background in both 2D and 3D illustration, and these days, I spend a majority of my time creating aircraft templates and airliner art. I’m basically an airplane dork.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 blank illustration templates
Just when you thought I had abandoned my side view airliner template project all together, I present to you all…
Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet 700 blank illustration templates
It took far longer than I thought it would, but finally – here is the line drawing and all white…