Embraer’s seemingly never-ending search for narrowbody clarity

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March 27, 2009:

Embraer to decide on larger aircraft within 18 to 24 months
Embraer expects to decide whether to move forward with development of a larger commercial aircraft within the next 18 to 24 months.

During an earnings conference call today, Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado said: “We keep looking into the whole section of commercial aircraft [from] small to 150 seats or so.”

July 14, 2009:

Embraer in engine talks as it studies clean-sheet airliner
Embraer is talking to General Electric, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney about new-generation engines to power a potential clean-sheet airliner design under study which is larger than the E-Jet family, a top Embraer official reveals.

However, while P&W “started this race with the geared turbofan, and GE and Rolls are very seriously looking at new technology for a new generation engine”, Embraer does not see “enough maturity to make a decision at this point”, says Kern, adding: “Maybe in 18 to 24 months we’ll have a better, more clearer view about that.”

January 26, 2010:
Proposed stretch dubbed E-195X by Embraer
A proposed stretch of Embraer’s largest-capacity commercial jet has been dubbed the E-195X by the manufacturer, which expects to decide whether to launch the variant – or potentially another type – by mid-2011.

Embraer’s “best estimate” is that it will have a decision on whether to launch a new derivative or programme in “12 to 18 months”, by the mid-2011 timeframe.

March 15, 2010:

Embraer outlines timeframe for new product decision
Embraer expects to make a decision on product enhancements or a new commercial aircraft in 12-18 months.

Company EVP of the airline market Mauro Kern outlined that timeframe during the ISTAT annual conference today in Orlando, Florida, stating the time period to make a decision “could be shorter than that”.

May 25, 2011:

Embraer to decide on new jet in 12-18 months-report
(Reuters) – Embraer (EMBR3.SA)(ERJ.N), the world’s biggest regional aircraft maker, will take more than one year to decide whether to build a new family of jets, Chief Executive Officer Frederico Curado told newspaper Valor Economico on Wednesday.

“We have to make a decision in the short to medium term, and that would be something between 12 and 18 months,” Curado told Valor. The Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil-based company is a global leader in 70-to-120-seat aircraft.

2 Responses to Embraer’s seemingly never-ending search for narrowbody clarity

  1. JH May 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    The pattern is consistent with all world-class aircraft manufacturers. Take Boeing for example: “this is the last 6 month delay on the 787″. Yeah, right…


  2. Paulo M May 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    They keep scratching this, obviously, they want to do something there. I think this all shows how cautious they’re being — if not pointing to outright fear about getting the product wrong.