Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has selected Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) to provide engines for its new business jets launched today. Embraer will use the PW617F turbine for its new Very Light Jet, and the PW535E for the Company’s Light Jet.
“Pratt & Whitney Canada provided us with engine solutions that give us proven, reliable technology, high-performance and excellent economics, making our new jets very competitive in this new, growing market,” said Mauricio Botelho, Embraer President and CEO.
“We have a long association with Pratt & Whitney Canada and we are happy to have them as partners in a new program.”
“The contracts with Embraer solidify our presence in the Very Light and Light segments, which are fast emerging sectors of the aircraft market,” said Alain M. Bellemare, President, P&WC.
“These latest wins reflect our significant investment and ongoing commitment to develop new products and technologies, and our ability to anticipate and strategically plan for emerging market opportunities.”
The PW617F is derived from the PW625 demonstrator program launched in August 2000. The demonstrator program, which began flight testing in October 2002, led to a new family of engines including the PW617F, flat rated at 1,615 pounds of takeoff thrust.
The PW617F features full authority digital engine control (FADEC) for increased performance and improved fuel consumption. It is expected to be certified in 2007.
The PW535E combines the heritage of the proven PW500 family of engines with the latest advanced technologies developed by P&WC in other new programs. Flat rated at 3,200 pounds of thrust, the PW535E also features FADEC. The PW535E is expected to be certified in 2008.
Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A.
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