• GREAT HAND JOB. THE TIGER LIVERY ON THE E190-E2, PAINTED BY EMBRAER’S CLODOALDO QUINTANA.
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    Will there be saudade if Boeing buys 51% of Embraer?

    Does Dennis Muilenburg know what saudade mean? The Boeing CEO should, or at least people around him must acquaint their boss with saudade, given that the company he leads is said to be keen to buy 51% of Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer. Saudade is not easily translated into English, but to a Brazilian and of course, to a Portuguese, it’s a word that evokes a sense of yearning, a longing for a thing or a person. Embraer’s employees – in São José dos Campos and around the world – are currently deep in saudade, not knowing what to expect or what will become of the company, the world’s third biggest plane-maker. We know Boeing is after Embraer…

  • MESSAGE TO BOEING: YOU CAN’T NEGOTIATE WITH A TIGER WHEN YOUR HEAD IS IN ITS MOUTH. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
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    The tiger (air)show

    A tiger show without stunts involving darts, ping-pong balls and beer bottles? You bet! The Singapore Airshow (from Feb 6-9) has been devoid of any major aircraft deals, save for a USD120 million ATR contract from Bangkok Airways for four turboprop planes from the Italian manufacturer and two orders from Malaysia’s Berjaya Hotels & Resorts. It’s not a big deal. Really. There was a smaller but significant deal: US-based HondaJet struck a deal with France’s air taxi company Wijet for 16 planes. The company showcased its 7-seater business jet, each with a catalogue price of USD4.9 million, at the Changi Exhibition Centre. But back to the tiger show… Brazilian plane maker Embraer brought its hard-nosed “tiger”…