Embraer E-Jet update clarity expected by year-end: ALC

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Embraer is expected to clarify some of the specifics for its next generation E-Jet family by the end of the year, says Air Lease Corp chairman and chief executive Steven Udvar-Hazy.

He anticipates that the airframer will discontinue the E-170 - the smallest in the family - re-engine the E-175 and re-engine and potentially re-wing the E-190 and E-195, he tells Flightglobal on the sidelines of the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit in Dallas.

The programme involves re-engining the less than 120-seat market jet, upgrades to the wing - if not an entirely new wing - and possibly a new centrebox and new landing gear. Embraer is targeting an entry-into-service by no later than 2018.

General Electric said that it was in discussions with Embraer regarding two new engines for the family of aircraft earlier this year. A smaller engine would be used on the 70-seat E-Jet while a larger engine, possibly one with at least 24,000 to 25,000lb of continuous thrust, on the larger E-190 and E-195.

GE supplies the CF34 for the E-Jet family and it has proposed the NG34 for the next generation family.

Embraer is also in discussions with Pratt & Whitney for a new version of the PW1000G geared turbofan and with Rolls Royce, which is developing a new narrowbody core that is called the advanced tube.

A decision on the new engine or engines for the family is expected in 2013, says Udvar-Hazy.

"Embraer is definitely moving in the direction of an advanced derivative version of the E-Jet," he says.