Embraer concentrating on aircraft upgrades
Nov. 15, 2011, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil - Embraer is planning to upgrade the engines and wings on its E-170 and E-190 jets by 2018, instead of designing bigger jets.
The re-engined E-Jets will cost $2 billion to develop and will offer better efficiency and performance.
The company said the re-engined planes will be cheaper in comparison to a new plane, which could cost more than $3 billion, and may include expanded seating capacity for 132 people, 10 more than the biggest current aircraft.
Improvements to the current planes will be carried out in parallel to the second-generation planes and the company is considering equipping them with GE engines, according to Bloomberg.
Embraer's commercial-jet chief Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva said the company is also considering a geared turbofan engine from Pratt & Whitney.