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Embraer considers re-entering turboprop aircraft market

Sao Paulo, BraziI - During a press conference before the Paris Air Show, Embraer President and CEO John Slattery said that its company was interested in the turboprop aircraft market.

In 2017, Embraer gave the first signals that it was already studying the regional turboprop aircraft market to compete directly with the Franco-Italian ATR and Canadian Bombardier.

In an interview with the Aviation Week in 2017, Paulo Cesar Silva, the former President and CEO of Embraer said that the Brazilian manufacturer could develop a turboprop aircraft for the market.

"We are looking at the Asian, European and Latin American markets. We are trying to evaluate all of this, not just size, but performance, cargo space, and new technologies. We still need more time, there is no specific deadline, and we are in no hurry," said Silva.

Last year, John Slattery, the current president and the CEO of the Brazilian manufacturer, said that they remain interested in exploring the turboprop market, there were no immediate plans to launch any turboprop program," during an interview with Reuters news agency.

And at a press conference held on May 27 by Embraer and Boeing for the Paris Air Show 2019, John Slattery, who also runs the company's commercial aviation division, said there is a possibility for Embraer to enter the turboprop market again.

"We certainly are not there today, but it's a market that continues to take my attention, and so does my leadership team. There is significant research in the background," John Slattery told reporters.

He did not provide more details about the type of product, or the number of seats. It is also not possible to know if this new aircraft will be entirely developed by Embraer or Boeing Brasil - Commercial, the new company, which emerged from the joint venture partnership with the US Aerospace giant.

Slattery just gave the hint that his company is focusing on studies for hybrid propulsion (combustion-electric), which may in the future provide a new level of performance to turboprop planes.

Previously, Slattery also said that all of the company's engineers will be available from 2021 onwards after the closure of the KC-390 and E-Jet E2 development programs.

The last turboprop aircraft that was developed by Embraer for the commercial aviation market was the EMB120 Brasilia, with a capacity of up to 30 passengers.

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The EMB 120 Brasilia made its first flight on July 27, 1983. The Brazilian manufacturer produced 354 units between 1983 and 2001 and then ended the production due to the lack of demand.

The turboprop market is currently dominated by ATR 42 and ATR 72 series of Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer.



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