bells
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Brazil's Post Office To Order Embraer C-390s?

Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:59 pm

Looks like Brazil's postal service might be the first buyer for Embraer's C-390.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...rder-embraer-c-390-freighters.html

Do you think this bird can take off as a civil freighter? Is there anything in the same class?
 
baron95
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RE: Brazil's Post Office To Order Embraer C-390s?

Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:51 am

1 - C-390 is just a concept, not being offered for sale AFAIK.
2 - A pure military transport (e.g. C-390, C-17) will NEVER be cost/price competitive with a freighter based on high-volume civil airliners (like 737, 727, A320, etc).
3 - ECT (Brazil Post Office) had no competency in operating an airline arm.

It is a dumb idea all around. IMHO, Embraer just called on a favor to get ECT mention the C-390.
Killer Fleet: E190, 737-900ER, 777-300ER
 
mrocktor
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RE: Brazil's Post Office To Order Embraer C-390s?

Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:37 am

Quoting Baron95 (Reply 1):
3 - ECT (Brazil Post Office) had no competency in operating an airline arm.

That is the important one.

This is politicians (ECT is state run) trying to look good by "helping" a high profile industry. The allegations of "government subsidy" alone more than negate any possible benefit to Embraer with regard to the marketability of the C-390.