Embraer SA was incorporated in Brazil on August 19, 1969 by the Brazilian federal government. The Company is a manufacturer of commercial aircraft. Its commercial aviation business includes aviation-related services. The Company designs, develops and manufactures a variety of commercial aircraft. The Company provide structural parts and mechanical and hydraulic systems to Sikorsky Corporation for its production of helicopters. It also manufactures general aviation propeller aircraft, such as crop dusters, also known as light aircraft. The Company provides after-sales customer support and services for the fleet of its commercial, executive and defense customers. Activities in this segment include sales, inventory pooling programs, MRO services, customer training and other product support services. It has developed the ERJ 145 family; the 37-50-passenger twin jet-powered regional aircraft the company is continuing to develop the EMBRAER 170/190 jet family, ERJ 145 aircraft ERJ 135 ERJ 140. The Company has a diverse, customer base, mainly in the commercial airline market in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Its customers for commercial aircraft include some of the regional, low-cost and mainline airlines in the world. As of December 31, 2014, its customers, by aircraft in service, were ExpressJet, American Eagle, Republic, Azul, Tianjin - HNA, JetBlue, Aeromexico, HOP! - Air France, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Trans States, LOT, KLM Cityhopper, Flybe, Austral - Aerolineas Argentinas, Kenya Airways, China Southern, U.S. Airways, Virgin Australia, Saudia, JAL and COPA. The Company markets its aircraft to international airlines and regional affiliates of airlines through its regional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. In terms of direct marketing to its customers, the company relys heavily on the media, as well as participating in air shows. The Company's competitors includes the ATR-42, a 50-seat turboprop manufactured by ATR, a joint project of Italy's Alenia Aeronautica and EADS, the Q-300, a 50-seat turboprop manufactured by Bombardier, ATR-72, a 64-seat turboprop produced by ATR, 737-600, a 100-plus-seat jet produced by Boeing and SSJ100, a 95-seat regional jet produced by Sukhoi. The Company's competitors includes the ATR-42, a 50-seat turboprop manufactured by ATR, a joint project of Italy's Alenia Aeronautica and EADS, the Q-300, a 50-seat turboprop manufactured by Bombardier, ATR-72, a 64-seat turboprop produced by ATR, 737-600, a 100-plus-seat jet produced by Boeing and SSJ100, a 95-seat regional jet produced by Sukhoi. The Company is subject to regulation by regulatory aviation agencies, both in Brazil and abroad.
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