It’s no secret Delta has one of the most diverse fleets in the industry—a fact not lost on the Network team who have been successful in matching aircraft size and route and the rest of the operations teams who have met the challenge and driven industry-leading reliability and customer satisfaction.
Meet the Embraer E190, the latest jet Delta expects to add to the mainline fleet, pending pilot ratification of a tentative agreement. The new planes will infuse a bit of Brazilian flavor to the mix of American and French-built Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and Airbus jets.
The 98-seat twin-engine aircraft is the big sibling to its E-170/175 counterpart flown by several of Delta’s regional partners and packs in a lot of cabin comforts and mainline feel, including 2x2 seating throughout the economy cabin—1x2 in First Class—as well as large overhead bins and oversized windows. The E190 will add more mainline aircraft to Delta’s fleet, reducing the airline’s regional footprint.
For fleet aficionados, here’s what you should know about the E190:
20 feet, 20+ seats – the E190 is approximately 20 feet longer than its smaller E170 sibling and has over 20 additional seats (29 to be exact), filling niche flying on routes with lighter mainline demand. The E190s will feature 12 First Class, 16 Delta Comfort+ and 70 Main Cabin seats.
Widest seat, no middle seat – The E190 features an 18.5 inch wide seat, the widest in the industry and with no middle seat anywhere in the cabin, it’s sure to appeal to customers.
“Double-bubble” – The design used on the E-jets to provide ample headroom—6 feet, seven inches to be exact (sorry Shaq).
Routes – Specific destinations for the E190s haven’t yet been determined but Delta expects a typical deployment on flights less than two hours, with some exceptions. The aircraft is ideal for potentially developing new markets and providing a competitive product and frequency on existing business markets. It will also put mainline capacity on routes where regional jets were historically used.
Bem-vinda in 2016 – The E190, which will arrive from Boeing, are expected in the fourth quarter of 2016. As with any new fleet type, training in Flight Ops, In-Flight, ACS and TechOps needs time to ramp up to successfully bring the new jet type into the fleet. Delta plans to source additional E190s in the marketplace following ratification of the pilot tentative agreement.