Brazil’s Embraer confirms Pratt for regional planes’ engines

Rogerio Jelmayer – Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires, 01/08/2013

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer SA (ERJ, EMBR3.BR) has selected Pratt & Whitney’s new geared turbofan engine for its updated E-Jet line of regional planes, ahead of alternatives offered by General Electric Co. (GE) and Rolls Royce Group PLC, a senior company executive said on Tuesday.

The new engines will be used in a modernized version of the E-Jet family, with aircraft of between 70 and 120 seats, the first of which will be delivered in 2018, said Paulo Cesar Souza e Silva, head of commercial aviation at Embraer, in a telephone interview.

The win by Pratt displaces incumbent GE Aviation, which has delivered more than 2,000 engines on Embraer’s current family of regional jets.

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