Boeing and Embraer To Join Forces On KC-390 Aircraft Program
12:00 AM, June 27, 2012
The Boeing Company and Embraer have announced an agreement to collaborate on the KC-390 aircraft program. Both companies will share technical knowledge and evaluate markets where they may join their sales efforts for medium-lift military transport opportunities. “Boeing has extensive experience in military transport and air refueling aircraft, as well as deep knowledge of potential markets for the KC-390, especially those which were not considered in our original marketing plan” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president and CEO of Embraer Defesa e Segurança. “This agreement will strengthen the KC-390’s prominent position in the global military transport market”. Earlier, the two companies announced that they are exploring ways to cooperate in commercial airplane efficiency and safety, research and technology, and sustainable aviation biofuels. And conduct a joint market assessment for the medium-lift military transport market and analyze business collaboration models. “Embraer is a leading global innovator and we both understand the value of working in partnership to provide high-quality, affordable customer solutions,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “This collaboration matches Boeing’s proven excellence in military transport with Embraer’s KC-390 accomplishments to further advance this highly capable and efficient medium-lift aircraft”. The KC-390, a Brazilian Air Force project, is the biggest aircraft manufactured by the Brazilian aerospace industry for which Embraer signed the development contract in April 2009.
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