Brazilian manufacturer Embraer,the world´s third-largest commercial jet maker after Airbus and Boeing, garners accolades in aviation circles and inspires pride among Brazilians.
Embraer has been soaring since the mid-1990s by pioneering comfortable jets that can seat 30 to 120 passengers. The roomy aircraft have replaced less efficient turboprops and now outsell the competition from Canada´s Bombardier, which offer less cabin space.
Аirlines so far have bought more than 1,100 of Embraer´s small and midsized jets, pushing its sales from $ 1.3 billion in 1998 to a record $ 3.8 billion last year.
Fort Lauderdale, where Embraer already employs 280 people, is set to gain. The company plans to invest more than $ 17 million and add at least 50 jobs at the U.S. headquarters by 2011. The expansion includes hangars to handle repairs and store parts for business jets, said Gary Spulak, who runs the U.S. operations.
According to Sun-Sentinel.com