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Embraer looks ahead

The Embraer headquarters at São José dos Campos was the venue for a media day on 18 June.

Once again the Brazilian manufacturer’s President and CEO, Franciso Gomes Neto, refuted the idea that Embraer was working on a larger narrowbody aircraft to rival that of Airbus and Boeing.

Speaking to assembled reporters Gomes Neto said: “Whilst I think we have the capabilities to do bigger things, at this time we don’t have concrete plans to get into the market”.  

He said that studies into the case for a larger narrowbody were ongoing, but the primary focus at Embraer from a commercial standpoint was making it a US$10bn company by 2030.

The question will again be raised at Farnborough later this month!

“We’re making studies about opportunities, not only in commercial but in other business units. But we’re really focused on selling aeroplanes”, he added.

When asked about how Embraer is dealing with aircraft deliveries to clear its backlog, compared to its competition, Gomes Neto said: “Of course we’re in the club. We’re also suffering with this delay to deliver the aircraft. That’s why we are focusing a lot on working very hard with this production level up”.

“2024 was a difficult year, but we hope that from 2025 onwards, it will be more and that more aircraft will go into delivery”.  Gomes Neto also clarified that shifts in delivery timelines would happen between Q3 and Q4, reducing it to a matter of weeks, and not months’ worth of delays – unlike the woes that affect Boeing, for example.


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