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Boeing Embraer Defense joint venture for C-390 Millennium


November 18, 2019
By Wings Staff


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In 2009, the Brazilian Air Force contracted Embraer to design, develop and manufacture the C-390, now designated as the C-390 Millennium, to replace its aging C-130 fleet. (Photo: Embraer)

Boeing and Embraer today announced the structure of their joint venture to promote and develop new markets for the C-390 multi-mission airlift and air mobility aircraft. This includes a new name and designation for the aircraft, the Embraer C-390 Millennium. The operation itself will run under the name of Boeing Embraer – Defense, which will come into effect after the companies’ joint venture receives regulatory approvals and meets closing conditions.

“Boeing Embraer – Defense will build on our companies’ history of collaboration across commercial and defense aerospace to unlock significant value in the state-of-the-art C-390 Millennium as it enters service and leads the next generation of airlift and air mobility aircraft,” said Marc Allen, Boeing’s president of Embraer Partnership and Group Operations.

The C-390 Millennium is described as a tactical transport aircraft that can perform a range of missions, such as aerial refueling, cargo and troop transport, cargo and paratrooper airdrop, search and rescue, aerial firefighting and humanitarian missions.

The C-390 Millennium received its Civil Certification from the Brazilian National Aviation Agency (ANAC) in 2018 and is now in full production. In August 2019, Portugal signed a contract to acquire five aircraft with deliveries slated for 2023. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) received its first C-390 on September 4, 2019, after contracting Embraer to develop the aircraft as a replacement for its aging C-130 fleet. The delivery of the second aircraft to FAB is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

“The name of our joint venture represents the strong partnership between Embraer and Boeing that will strengthen the global competitiveness of this incredible aircraft and broaden the target markets, developing and generating greater value for the C-390 program to offer the best for our future customers,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO, Embraer Defense & Security.

Embraer will have 51 per cent ownership of Boeing Embraer – Defense, with Boeing holding the remaining 49 percent. The C-390 Millennium partnership is one of two planned joint ventures between the companies. Boeing Brasil – Commercial will be a joint venture comprising the commercial aviation operations of Embraer, with 80 per cent owned by Boeing and 20 per cent owned by Embraer. Both joint ventures remain subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The companies expect their transaction to close in early 2020.