Current advancements in electric propulsion technology are already enough for smaller passenger aircraft. However, it’s not yet applicable for larger-scale flights. This means there is no means yet to turn commercial aviation completely green. Nevertheless, Embraer proposes the use of new turboprop systems over jet engines. This is a bid to lower operating costs and reduce fuel burn.

Yes, we know this is not exactly the type of news people want to hear regarding steps to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon footprint. Nonetheless, is telling us there are companies out there who are recognizing the impact of climate change. Moreover, they are exploring ways of curtailing emissions.

Now that domestic and international flights are in full swing after the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel, demand for more modern aircraft grows. Embraer hopes to fill the gap with its new generation of turboprops. According to its recent press release, the new models will borrow elements from the E-Jet E2.

These new medium-range aircraft will have two versions that can seat 50 and 90 passengers respectively. The rear-mounted engines should help reduce noise in the cabin. According to Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO Arjan Meijer, the upcoming addition to its fleet “is not a turboprop as we know it.”

Embraer says the two models will tout “outstanding green credentials,” which is difficult to assess given it still runs on aviation fuel. The company claims it will be 20 percent faster and provide 25 percent more seats than others in its range. This means sustainable air travel might take longer to be fully realized by the industry.

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