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mbraer is on course to decide
on the launch of an all-new
advanced turboprop airliner
within the next 12 months – but
warns that the decision hinges
on the approval of its joint ven-
ture with Boeing.
The Brazilian manufacturer is
two years into a three-year study
covering the creation of a family
of large turboprops similar in size
to the ATR 72, Embraer Commer-
cial Aviation chief executive John
Slattery told Flight International
during aviation finance week in
Dublin on 20 January.
But he adds that it is crucial
that the ongoing probe by the
European Commission into the
proposed tie-up with Boeing is
cleared: “In essence – no JV, no
TP [turboprop],” he says.
The joint venture, which will
see Boeing take a majority stake in
Embraer’s commercial aviation
division, has been signed off by all
anti-trust authorities other than in
Brazil and the EU. The deal had
been expected to be cleared to go
ahead last year, but the Commis-
sion “stopped the clock” on its in-
vestigation as it had not received


EC approval key to Embraer turboprop

Brazilian airframer says decision covering new airliner family is conditional on green light for joint venture with Boeing

John Slattery says proposed aircraft would compete with ATR types



US Navy’s ‘lifeline’ moves forward as CMV-22B flies


he US Navy's (USN’s) first
Bell Boeing CMV-22B Osprey
has made its initial flight at Bell’s
Amarillo site in Texas.
Further details have not been
disclosed, but the manufacturers

say they plan to deliver the tiltro-
tor to the US Naval Air Systems
Command’s Air Test and Evalua-
tion Squadron 21 early this year
to support developmental trials.
The new variant will replace

Bell Boeing
Ospreys will transport high-priority cargo to aircraft carriers at sea

the navy's Grumman C-2A Grey-
hound twin-turboprops for mis-
sions including transporting per-
sonnel, mail, supplies and
high-priority cargo from land to
aircraft carriers at sea. The type
may also be used to move cargo to
expeditionary bases.
Another role for the carrier on-
board delivery asset will involve
ferrying Pratt & Whitney F
engines for the Lockheed Martin
F-35 to and from USN aircraft
carriers and the US Marine
Corps’ (USMC's) amphibious as-
sault ships.
“With the ability to travel up to
1,150nm [2,130km], the CMV-

22B will be a lifeline for our ser-
vicemen and women out at sea,”
says Kristin Houston, director of
the Bell Boeing V-22 programme.
Key differences over the
USMC-operated MV-22 incude a
larger fuel tank and improved
fuel dump capability.
The service plans to buy 44 ex-
amples, with the CMV-22B due to
be deployed and achieve initial
operational capability next year.
Full operational capability is ex-
pected in 2022, the navy says.
Cirium fleets data shows that
the USN currently operates 34
C-2 transports, aged between 30
and 35 years. ■

all the information it had request-
ed from the two OEMs.
“In the case of Brazil, it was
signalled before Christmas that
the regulatory authority was pre-
disposed to an approval early in
the new year,” says Slattery.
“We’re hopeful that will happen,
and expect that to happen with
no conditionality associated with
it, which is exactly the form of
approval from every jurisdiction
we have received so far.”
Slattery says that the EU clock
has “restarted” now that it has all

the required information, and the
revised target date for the
go-ahead is 30 April. This would
clear the path to a decision on
the turboprop.
“I’m hopeful that by the end of
this year we would be able to
make a definitive position on the
turboprop,” he says. “However,
neither I nor my board will have
appetite to move forward with
the turboprop unless the joint
venture has materialised.”
Slattery points out that follow-
ing approval of the JV, if Embraer

went ahead with the turboprop it
would provide an all-new com-
petitor to the ATR family. “There
is today an effective monopoly
with ATR, which of course is 50%
owned by Airbus,” he says.
“The market wants a competi-
tive counterpoint to the ATR, and
if we did make the move I expect
ATR would respond – whether
it’s with either an improved ATR
or a clean-sheet design. And the
beneficiaries of that are the opera-
tors... and the environment.”
Slattery says that Embraer is
studying a two-aircraft family
and is in dialogue with “three”
engine manufacturers about a
powerplant. “We are now in that
bridge phase moving from RFI
[request for information] to RFP
[request for proposals] with the
manufacturers, with the inten-
tion of selecting one.”
Slattery adds that wind-tunnel
testing will begin this year as the
study enters the final phase. He
adds that if the decision to launch
the turboprop is made on its cur-
rent planned schedule, the target
in-service date would be “quarter
four 2025, quarter one 2026”. ■
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