According to a report on Saturday of usually well-informed Aviation News, Embraer is about to announce it will delay the launch of its turboprop aircraft. The story, for which LeehamNews claims to have confirmation, says that current market conditions as well as technical reasons are behind the delay of the project. Embraer President and CEO of Commercial Aviation, Arjan Meijer, confirms in an interview with AirInsight to be published on Monday that the launch will slightly “slip to the right.” So what could be the issues? Insight: why Embraer could delay the turboprop.
Embraer has been studying a new turboprop aircraft since 2017 but only got serious in 2021, when it unveiled details of a 70 and 90-seater. With a fuselage and cabin based on the E2-jets, the TP would bring passenger comfort to a new level while offering airlines double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and, hence, unit costs. Key to that would be a new-generation engine, potentially with some hybrid-electric components, for which Embraer got proposals from all main OEMs, Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, and Rolls-Royce.
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