Embraer executive VP for the airline market, Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, stated the manufacturer will not follow Bombardier in the 100-150-seat category, as the CSeries has “too much” range for its mission (AINonline, 19-Jun-2011). Embraer estimates that 95% of narrowbody flying is under 1800 nm, and that there is a range “sweet spot” at 2400 nm. The company is considering a new 130-150 seat aircraft and new engines for its EJet family, but will wait until Boeing makes a decision on its narrowbody programme, expected by the end of the year
Embraer: “If we want to grow the company, we definitely will have to move upward. By changing the E-Jets we’re not changing the size of this market,” Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, executive VP for the airline market. Source: AINonline, 19-Jun-2011.