Embraer is considering engine supply proposals for its next-gen turboprop from manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce, commercial aviation division CEO Arjan Meijer told Reuters.
The executive revealed that GE does not participate in the selection. The decision on the engine to be used in the new aircraft should take place by the end of the year.
The new turboprop is expected to be launched in early 2023 in two variants, with 70 and 100 seats. Embraer changed the configuration of the aircraft, installing the engines in the tail, to reduce noise and facilitate access to the holds in order to reduce operating costs.
The model will be compatible with 100% SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) and may in the future use hybrid propulsion.
Currently, Embraer has a very close relationship with Pratt & Whitney, which supplies the GTF engines for the E2 family. In addition, IAE (International Aero Engines, of which PW is a partner) is responsible for the V2500 turbofan, which equips the KC-390.
There is also a partnership in the supply of engines for the Phenom executive jets, which are widely accepted in the market. Pratt & Whitney dominates the turboprop segment with the PT-6 and PW127 engines, the latter used by the ATR.
Rolls-Royce, in turn, has not been active in the category for many years, having focused its products on widebodies, in addition to military engines. However, a turbofan from the British company, in partnership with Allison, equips Embraer’s large fleet of ERJ regional jets.
The Brazilian manufacturer’s new turboprop is expected to hit the market around 2028.