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Three to five Embraer E-Jet EV family sets up engine battle (Update1)

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With its E-Jet sales surging and regional competitor Bombardier focused on the clean-sheet 125 to 149-seat CS100 and CS300, Embraer is turning its focus to the evolution of its existing commercial aircraft with a new engine ready by 2018, currently dubbed the EV.

Flightglobal reports out of the Dubai Air Show (PDF Daily) elaborate on the Brazilian airframer is plans to focus on a re-engined version of the E-175, E-190 and E-195, with a potential fourth member of the EV family with a further stretch of the E-195 to 130 seats. The fifth, a re-engined E-170, the smallest member of the E-Jet family, is less likely, says Cesar de Souza e Silva, president of Embraer Commercial Aviation, unless scope clauses in the US are relaxed.

"If that does not happen, then we may not go ahead with the 170," he says.

The move toward a re-engined E-Jet sets up a major engine competition between General Electric and its CF34-10E replacement engine, Passport, and Pratt & Whitney's PW1000G. Only those two engines were mentioned by Embraer, while the 16,000-25,000lb Rolls-Royce Advance2 (PDF) and its 2016 and 2017 service readiness was not included.

The aiframer is currently studying a new wing for the family, as well as an updated flight deck, full fly-by-wire and implementation of composite materials.

Low Cost and Regional Aviation News reports Cesar says the EV "could be similar to when Boeing produced the 737NG with almost an all-new aircraft inside the same skin."

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