Boe­ing and Em­braer join hands for KC-390


The Boe­ing Com­pany and Em­braer re­cently an­nounced an agree­ment to col­lab­o­rate on the KC-390 air­craft pro­gramme. Un­der this agree­ment, Boe­ing and Em­braer will share some spe­cific 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 re­fu­elling 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.”

The KC-390 col­lab­o­ra­tion is part of a broader agree­ment that Boe­ing and Em­braer signed in April. The com­pa­nies pre­vi­ously an­nounced that they are ex­plor­ing ways to co­op­er­ate in com­mer­cial air­plane ef­fi­ciency and safety, re­search and tech­nol­ogy, and sus­tain­able avi­a­tion bio­fu­els. Boe­ing and Em­braer will con­duct a joint mar­ket as­sess­ment for the medium-lift mil­i­tary trans­port mar­ket and an­a­lyze busi­ness col­lab­o­ra­tion mod­els. The mar­ket as­sess­ment in­cludes po­ten­tial cus­tomers that had not been con­sid­ered in the ini­tial mar­ket prospects for the KC-390.

“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 is a Brazil­ian Air Force project for which Em­braer signed the de­vel­op­ment con­tract in April 2009. It is the big­gest air­craft to be man­u­fac­tured by the Brazil­ian aero­space in­dus­try and will set new stan­dards in the medium-lift mar­ket in terms of per­for­mance, cargo ca­pac­ity, flex­i­bil­ity, and life cy­cle costs.

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