Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer yesterday presented the first illustrations of what its future turboprop aircraft could look like, competing with ATR and De Havilland Canada aircraft.
Mentioned since last January with Boeing before the abandonment of their joint venture project in April, then relaunched in June with the search for partnerships including in China and India, the project is back in the news. This time via the VP commercial aviation marketing of Embraer Rodrigo Silva e Souza, who mentioned it on October 29, 2020, in an AirFinance Journal podcast: at this stage, the new aircraft would be configured to accommodate between 80 and 100 passengers, “In a cabin with identical comfort to that of the E-Jets”, and its entry into service could take place in 2027. The illustrations show that the concept of low wings already used by the EMB-120 Brasilia would be adopted, unlike its two competitors; the engines would be positioned above the wing.
Rodrigo Silva e Souza also stressed that Embraer intends « to attract business partners and not just suppliers » for this new project. But he believes that the new propulsion technologies “which are about to emerge” will first be used in planes “up to 50 seats”, confirming the statements of President Francisco Gomez Neto who considered the future device as a « conventional » plane.
Embraer has just announced disappointing quarterly financial results and has not yet officially announced the launch of the new aircraft, but its chairman spoke in June of a five-year strategic plan focused on profitability and growth, with « China and India ”as potential partners but also other unnamed countries which could include Russia. No negotiations were then underway with COMAC or other UAC (which for its part is developing the Ilyushin IL-114-300).
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— Embraer (@embraer) October 29, 2020