UPDATE 2-Embraer extends range of biggest commercial jet

Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:59pm EST
 
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By Priscila Jordão

SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil Feb 25 (Reuters) - Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA will extend the range of its biggest commercial aircraft, executives said on Thursday as they rolled out the first of the re-engined E-Jet planes to compete with Bombardier Inc's new C-Series.

The next-generation E195-E2 will have increased fuel capacity giving it a maximum range of 2,450 nautical miles (nm), up from a prior design with a range of 2,000 nm, said Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer's head of commercial aviation. The E195-E2 will have three more rows of seats than the current series.

That would put Embraer's biggest jet in more direct competition with Canadian rival Bombardier's C-Series, whose smallest aircraft has a maximum range of 3,100 nm.

Embraer and Bombardier have battled in recent decades over the regional jet market with smaller planes than the narrow-body aircraft of industry leaders Boeing Co and Airbus Group SE, which usually carry 100 to 200 passengers. Both smaller rivals are now pushing deeper into the over-100-seat segment.

Embraer's approach has been more gradual, building on the success of its E-Jets in the 70- to 130-seat segment with more fuel efficient engines and slightly more capacity.

The revamp starts with the E190-E2 unveiled on Thursday, which enters service in 2019, and will proceed with the E195-E2 entering service a year later.

Bombardier has spent more than $5 billion to design the C-Series from scratch, with 100 to 160 seats and long-distance capacity rivaling Boeing and Airbus narrow-body aircraft.   Continued...