AIRSHOW-UPDATE 1-Brazil's Embraer pushes E-Jets deeper into Bombardier turf

Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:50am EDT
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* E-Jet overhaul to cost $1.7 billion over eight years

* Company sees demand for 6,400 jets over the next 20 years

By Brad Haynes

PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) - Brazilian planemaker Embraer on Monday introduced a bigger and more efficient lineup of commercial jets that will enter service in 2018, pushing deeper into a segment that Canadian rival Bombardier has staked out with its new narrow-body CSeries.

Embraer SA plans to spend $1.7 billion over the next eight years to overhaul its E-Jet lineup with new wings, upgraded avionics and geared turbofan engines from United Technologies Corp unit Pratt & Whitney.

Embraer plans to add three rows of seats to its biggest jet, the E-195, and one row to the E-175. The second generation of E-Jets will not include the smallest current model, the E-170.

The top-selling E-190 will be the first with the next-generation features. Details of the lineup are expected at a Paris Airshow press conference later on Monday.

The more efficient engines could help Embraer hold its recent lead in the 70-to-120-seat market, fending off new challengers like Japan's Mitsubishi Regional Jet while keeping pressure on Bombardier Inc.

The big question is whether Embraer, the world's third-largest commercial planemaker, has the orders to launch its new lineup with a splash.   Continued...