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Boeing relationship key to KC-390 costs, marketing

January 17, 2019 / GARRETT REIM

Embraer’s defense joint venture with Boeing will use the American company’s leverage over suppliers to cut parts and components costs on the KC-390 tactical transport. The Brazilian company said at an investor conference on 16 January that it will also lean on Boeing’s international sales and marketing network, as well as the USA’s geopolitical influence, to expand the transport’s sales. The markets where the US has a huge geopolitical influence, we compete with Lockheed Martin in those markets,” said NelsonSalgado, chief financial officer of Embraer. “Now with the partnership with Boeing, we are opening up all of those markets, the US and the markets where the US has significant geopolitical influence.