Technology key to Embraer's E-Jets GTF decision

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Embraer's view on technology was the determining factor in its decision to go with the Pratt & Whitney PW1700G and PW1900G geared turbofans (GTF) for its second generation of E-Jets.

"It ultimately came down to a technical view on the capability of the GTF and we are pleased Bombardier and MRJ will be the test beds before we get the mature product," said John Slattery, chief commercial officer Embraer, at ISTAT today.

"It was a hard-fought campaign but it boiled down to our view on the technology. We are delighted with our new partners," he says.

Due to the move, Slattery admits he does not expect a speculative order from GECAS. He, however, does not rule out sale and leasebacks.

"Do I see GECAS being open to doing sale and leasebacks if the economics made sense? Certainly, I think it would," he says, adding: "Our relationship with GECAS is quite unique."

The 100% GE-owned lessor accounts for 10.2% of the total in-service E-Jet family fleet, 13.3% of the stored base and 3.6% of outstanding orders, according to Flightglobal's Ascend online database.

Embraer plans to formally launch the second generation E-Jet by mid-year with an entry-into-service in 2018.