Boeing and Embraer discuss “potential combination”
Sukhoi Superjet 100 made its first flight with the installed saberlets in Zhukovskyon 21 December 2017 following a number of research, engineering and experimental activities carried out by the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company with the assistance of Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The geometry of the tips was determined with implementation of innovative methods of 3D optimisation based on numerical computation called Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), the unique TsAGI know-how used in Russian aviation industry in particular for Sukhoi Superjet 100 programme. The results of research and experiments showed that the installation of the saber-like tips improves the takeoff and landing performance and decreases the fuel consumption.
Boeing and Embraer have confirmed that the two companies are engaged in discussions regarding “a potential combination”, the basis of which remains under discussion. Boeing and Embraer do not intend to make any additional comments regarding these discussions. “Any transaction would be subject to the approval of the Brazilian government and regulators, the two companies’ boards and Embraer’s shareholders.”
The results for 2017 include a total of 41 Falcons ordered and 3 Falcon 5X cancelled, compared to 33 Falcon ordered in 2016 and 12 Falcon 5X cancelled. Concerning the Rafale, Dassault signed, in December 2017, an agreement with Qatar on the exercise of an option for 12 Rafales. This order will be booked when the first down-payment is received. For the record, 36 Rafales for India had been booked as orders in 2016. 49 new Falcons were delivered in 2017, i.e. above the forecast of 45 Falcon deliveries, and same as in 2016. 9 Rafales (1 to France and 8 to Egypt) were delivered in 2017, compared to 9 Rafales (6 to France and 3 to Egypt) in 2016. The company delivered in 2017 one Navy Rafale retrofitted to the F3 standard. As of 31 December 2017, the backlog included 101 Rafales (31 France and 70 Export) and 52 Falcon’s (including Falcon 5X), compared to 110 Rafales (32 France and 78 Export) and 63 Falcons as of 31 December 2016.