Embraer sees worldwide demand for business jets of at least 13,150 over the next 10 years, driven by economic growth in emerging markets, a company executive said on Thursday.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer expects the global business jet market to ring up about $ 201 billion in sales through 2017 as more corporations and wealthy individuals leave behind the hassles of commercial air travel.
"I´d even say that this number is conservative," Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer´s executive vice president for business aviation, told reporters at the company´s main factory outside Sao Paulo.
Affonso said some industry players see the executive jet market totaling as much as $ 300 billion in the next decade, and that Embraer will probably revise its forecast upward at the end of the year.
He also said Embraer sees no signs that soaring fuel costs are dampening demand for business aviation.
"Business jets have become an essential productivity tool in a globalized world," he said. Embraer, already the world´s leading producer of regional jets for commercial airlines, has been investing heavily in recent years in business aviation to diversify its revenue base.
Earlier this year its board approved plans to spend $ 750 million to develop two all new planes, bringing its business jet lineup to six.