Embraer E-Jet engine selection on track by year-end

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Engine selection for a next-generation Embraer E-Jet is on track to be decided by the end of 2012, says Embraer chief executive Frederico Curado.

Embraer plans to select one of three engine candidates before officially launching the programme next year, he says.

The Brazilian airframer's re-engined and possibly re-winged version of the Embraer 170/190 series has attracted bids from three engine companies, including the General Electric NG34, Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan and a new engine from Rolls-Royce based on its Advance 2 studies.

Embraer is looking for a powerplant in a thrust class between 20,000lb to 24,000lb, a range that falls just below the minimum rating of the CFM International Leap series. The airframer plans to introduce at least three E-Jets - the E-175, E-190 and E-195 - starting in 2018. Embraer also is considering a stretch of the 118-seat E-195, taking the seat range of the E-Jet series from 70 seats to 130 seats.