PARIS: Embraer waits on clean-sheet decision

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Embraer is still to make a decision on producing a new larger, clean-sheet aircraft as it waits for other airframers to announce their plans for next-generation models.

Paulo Cezar de Souza e Silva, president, commercial aircraft at the Brazilian airframer, said that while it is still evaluating the possibilities in the market, it could have a new aircraft ready for 2018.

Although Embraer has previously hinted at producing a larger clean-sheet aircraft to take on the 145-seat plus market, Silva said that the company perceives that segment as "very crowded" and stressed it may not enter it.

"We have to be very careful and conduct a detailed assessment to make a sound decision," he said.

He also ruled out re-engining the E-Jet. He said: "It is a state-of-the-art programme so we do not see a need to change the E-Jet now."