Brazilian aeronautical company Embraer over the last 12 years has sold 160 aircraft to Chinese airlines, 130 of which are now operating, “which means that we have more aircraft in China than in Brazil,” the chairman of the company said.
During the Brazil-China conference held Thursday in Sao Paulo, Frederico Fleury Curado also said that the Chinese market accounted for between 5 and 10 percent of the company’s business.
In 2000 Embraer opened an office in Beijing and in 2002 it opened a factory in Harbin, in northern China, in partnership with Avic (Aviation Industries of China).
In 2010 the company considered closing the factory in China due to Chinese government projects to build aircraft that would compete directly with Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft, although the unit was re-launched once the company received authorisation to manufacture Legacy 600/650 executive jets. (macauhub)