UPDATE 2-Pratt & Whitney wins contract for Embraer's new E-Jets
* Current supplier GE loses out on next-generation deal
* Embraer expects "double-digit" boost to fuel efficiency
* Executive sees E-Jet overhaul key to market dominance
SAO PAULO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Pratt & Whitney won a contract to supply engines for planemaker Embraer's revamped family of regional E-Jets, the companies said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to General Electric Co, the current supplier.
Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, also edged out Rolls Royce with its bid to supply a version of the geared turbo fan powering the Airbus A320neo and Bombardier's CSeries.
With the new engine, Embraer joins an industry push for more fuel-efficient jets. The trend intensified last year, when Boeing answered the new Airbus narrowbody with its own 737 MAX.
Embraer said the new PW1700G and PW1900G engines, along with redesigned wings, would offer "double-digit improvements" in fuel efficiency, noise, emissions and maintenance costs.
"This is more than just a new engine," said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, the head of commercial aviation at Embraer. "This is a second generation of E-Jet to help us maintain our leadership of the 70- to 120-seat segment."
With approval from its board of directors in coming months, Brazil's Embraer, the world's No. 3 commercial planemaker, aims to overhaul its E-Jets and begin delivering the new planes in 2018. Continued...