Embraer selects new suppliers for E-Jets
March 14, 2013, Sao Jose dos Campos, Bra. - Embraer S.A. has selected UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp, to provide the electric power generation and distribution system for the second generation of E-Jets, which are planned to enter service in 2018.
March 14, 2013 By Carey Fredericks
The company will supply the main and auxiliary electric power generators; main and secondary electric power distribution; emergency electric generation system; batteries and converters.
UTC Aerospace Systems, through its Wheels & Brakes business unit, was also selected by Embraer to supply wheels and carbon brakes. The company will provide the main wheel, nose wheel and carbon brakes.
Embraer also selected Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s APS2600[E] auxiliary power unit (APU). Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. APUs provide aircraft with secondary power in the form of high pressure air for main engine starting, cabin air conditioning and electric power while on the ground. APUs can also provide backup electric power during in-flight operation.
The selection of these systems is another important milestone in the program that is expected to be launched later this year. Embraer already selected Pratt & Whitney as the powerplant supplier and Honeywell to provide its Primus Epic 2 integrated avionics system.
The second generation of E-Jets will be a significant step in Embraer´s commitment to continuously invest in this line of commercial jets. State-of-the-art engines in combination with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls and other systems evolutions, will result in double digit improvements in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions and external noise. The Company’s objective is to offer the best product and maintain its leadership in the 70 to 120 seat market, where more than 900 E-Jets are currently in service. A total of 62 customers from 42 countries are flying or will soon take delivery of Embraer E-Jets.