Embraer history



A Dream takes off

On August 19, 1969, Embraer – Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A., a government-controlled company, was created. With the support of the Brazilian government, the Company would turn science and technology into engineering and industrial capacity.

In addition to manufacturing the Bandeirante, Embraer was comissioned by the Brazilian government to manufacture under license of Italian company Aermacchi the EMB 326 Xavante advanced trainer and ground att​​ack jet. Other developments which marked the inception of Embraer’s activities were the EMB 400 Urupema high-performance glider and the EMB 200 Ipanema agricultural aircraft.

Gaining Altitude

By the end of the ‘70s, the development of new products, such as the EMB 312 Tucano and the EMB 120 Brasilia, followed by the AMX program in cooperation with Aeritalia (currently Alenia) and Aermacchi companies, allowed Embraer to reach a new technological and industrial level.

The EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft became an important milestone in the history of Embraer. Developed as a response to the evolving demands of the regional air transport industry, its design took advantage of the most advanced technologies available at the time. It was the fastest, lightest and most economical airplane in its category.

Turbulence...and rising above

During the long lasting financial crisis endured in the first half of the 1990s, Embraer drastically reduced its workforce, postponed the development of the EMB 145 and cancelled the CBA 123 Vector project.

After a long drawn-out process and after facing several difficulties, the Company was finally privatized on December 7, 1994.

As of this decisive moment, and relying on the commitment and support of the new controlling shareholders - Cia. Bozano, Simonsen and pension funds Previ and Sistel - Embraer embarked on a sweeping cultural and business transformation which culminated in its recovery and return to growth, spurred by the EMB 145 project, later renamed ERJ 145.

In subsequent years, by launching new products for the Defense market, and entering the Executive Aviation market, Embraer significantly increased its market share, resulting in growing revenues in diversified marketplaces.

High performance climb

The entry into service of the new EMBRAER 170/190 family of commercial jets in 2004, the confirmation of the definitive presence of Embraer in the Executive Aviation market with the launch of new products, as well as the expansion of its operations into the Aviation Services market, established solid bases for the future development of the Company.

With a global customer base and important internationally renowned partners, Embraer keeps contributing to the integration of the world through aviation, shortening distances between people and offering the most modern aircraft there are in terms of technology, versatility and comfort.​​

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