Embraer's shark plane has no middle seats, bigger windows, and more overhead bin space

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The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has been taking one of the new jets from its E2 family, which has been nicknamed ‘Profit Hunter,’ on a tour of the world. It's on show in Dublin today, having already made appearances at events in the US, China, and Africa.

In addition to coming with a 2-2 seating formation and some snazzy livery—tiger, eagle or shark designs are available—the E190-E2 boasts larger windows, allowing passengers a better view while filling the cabin with more natural light. Overhead bins are also improved, now 40 percent bigger to accommodate large carry-on luggage. Additionally, Embraer says it’s the most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market, burning 17 percent less fuel than its E190 predecessor.

“Preserving passenger personal space is the goal,” Rodrigo Silva e Souza, vice-president of marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation, told CNN Travel.

The aircraft, which can carry 150 passengers, is currently being used by Scandinavian Airlines' regional subsidiary, Widerøe. Embraer says 2,820 commercial aircraft up to 150 seats will be delivered to European operators over the next 20 years.

As noted by CNN, the largest E2 customer is SkyWest, a regional airline affiliate flying for the likes of American Airlines, Delta, United and Alaska Airlines, meaning US travelers will eventually be able to enjoy all the jet's benefits, though not until the first of the smaller E175-E2 orders are delivered in 2021.

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Jeff Re

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The only times I'm on a plane that has middle seats is on overseas flights. That happens about once every ten years and I've always been on the ball enough to get a window seat.
 

Capaill

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It looks like each row has its own window. And I'm guessing around 25 windows on the side. 4 seats per row. So that's 100 seats. Where are the other 50 seats?
 

JamesSWD

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Well, those seats look uncomfy and quite cramped. You're shoulder to shoulder with the other person. Good luck if you're a fat person or broadly-built.
 

Uncle Al

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Well, you can't complain about their prices putting the bite on your wallet .... you've got plenty of advanced warning (cueing up theme from Jaws....)
 

jobeard

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The only times I'm on a plane that has middle seats is on overseas flights. That happens about once every ten years and I've always been on the ball enough to get a window seat.
several US Domestic flights have set configurations with 3+ seating:

  • Embraer jets: 2x2
  • Boeing 737s: 3x3
  • some Boeing 777: the 3+3+3 or 2+5+2 layout
  • Boeing 787: 3x3x3
  • Airbus A380: typically 3+4+3
  • Airbus A320: typically 3x3