Brazilian planemaker Embraer will launch on Monday a bigger and more efficient lineup of commercial jets entering service in 2018, pushing deeper into a segment that rival Bombardier has staked out with its new narrow-body CSeries.
Embraer SA plans to add three rows of seats to its biggest jet, the E-195, and one row to the E-175, a spokesman told Reuters. The second generation of E-Jets will drop the smallest model, the E-170.
The top-selling E-190 will be the first of the next generation delivered with upgraded avionics and geared turbofan engines from Pratt & Whitney. Details of the lineup are expected at a Paris Airshow press conference later on Monday.
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.