Sao Paulo - For John Slattery, the Executive VP of Commercial Aviation at Embraer, the point is clear: Boeing and Airbus want to buy regional jet manufacturers because they know that neither the A319neo nor the Boeing 737 MAX 7 delivers the efficiency that this market segment requires.
According to Slattery, Boeing's push for Embraer and the agreement between Airbus and Bombardier on the CSeries show that the major aircraft manufacturers have realized that it makes more sense to invest in an existing regional jet than to downsize their A320 or B737.
As proof, he cites the moderate sales figures for the smallest versions of the improved Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 family. The tactic of reducing the size of the aircraft, but still using the same engines for it, slams the aim of delivering the most efficient aircraft possible, says Slattery.
The moderate sale performances of the A319neo and the Max 7 is not due to the lack of demand but to the inability to deliver the efficiency that the industry expects,Slattery also claims.
Airbus' step to take control of the CSeries is "appreciation for the great opportunities" the hundred-seated jets offer in the market segment, according to him.
Embraer's head of commercial aviation supports a deal with Boeing
As head of Embraer's largest business unit, I am positive about the potential outcome,he said, adding that the form of cooperation remains unclear.
According to insiders, the Brazilian government is divided over Boeing's desire to acquire Embraer's Commercial Aviation Division. The Ministry of Finance considers an acquisition deal as positive for the long-term survival of the Group. The Ministry of Defense, however, suggests a partnership instead of acquisition.
Brazilian government holds a golden share, with which it reserves a veto right.