My take from Brazil: Boeing, Embraer and the new superduopoly
The handover of the E190-E2 to Norway's Widerøe may very well be the final first delivery Embraer will make as an independent plane maker.
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April 8, 2018 - By Jon Ostrower
São José dos Campos, Brazil — Things move slowly in the airplane business. Politics, regulation and engineering tend to advance demonstrable changes at a glacial pace. Then, as if a bolt from the blue, things happen all at at once.
The last six months have shifted the tectonic structure of the global commercial aircraft industry. Transnational alliances have reformed the landscape.
A superduopoly now has distinctive shape.
Airbus's union with and Bombardier's C Series is pending final sign-offs and a Boeing tie up with Embraer looks to be nearing a final phase of discussions. Conversations with the Brazilian government are "progressing positively," (despite labor opposition) according to Embraer's CEO Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva on Wednesday.
While news of Bombardier's union with Airbus came with the companies' official announcement, the...