BRASILIA, March 20 Brazil's Embraer SA
, the world's third-largest commercial planemaker, on
Monday announced the launch of a fourth prototype of a
next-generation narrow-body jet slated to enter service in 2018.
The E190-E2 is the first aircraft in Embraer's regional
E-Jet lineup with new engines and wings aimed at improving fuel
efficiency by at least 16 percent. Embraer said the four
prototypes have already recorded over 650 flight hours.
Embraer is also expanding the size and range of its largest
commercial jet, the E195, whose next generation enters service
in 2019, posing a direct challenge to the new C Series produced
by rival Bombardier Inc.
(Reporting by Silvio Cascione; Editing by Bernadette Baum)