Embraer ponders new, 2,000nm airplane
The interesting thing about this is that Bank of America’s Ronald Epstein characterizes the CSeries as having too much range with 2,950nm, which gives it US trans-continental operations. In fact, Bombardier offers two versions: the 2,950nm range XT and the 2,200nm standard.
The EMB aircraft, which has long been discussed, would be a 2×3 configuration slightly larger than the CSeries in capacity. This begs the question how it can be a lighter airplane, as Epstein suggests–will the lesser range mean that much airframe weight is eliminated to offset the larger capacity?
A 2,000nm range will be sufficient for one-stop US trans-Con service and most feeder service within Europe. Like the CSeries, a new Embraer airplane will be more efficient than the compromise technology mating the A319 or 737-700 with a new engine. But as with the challenge faced by Bombardier, Embraer will face the pricing power and family of airplanes that can be offered by Airbus and Boeing.
As Boeing prepares to define just what its 737RE is, the balance of the year will be very interesting indeed.