Embraer is forecasting a demand for 7,500 jets in the 30/120-seat range over the next 20 years, a market valued at an estimated $220 billion. Of that number, only 1,400 aircraft will have 60 seats or fewer. The forecast maintains that the 30/60-seat segment has "reached maturity," but also indicates that those aircraft will continue to play an important role in both North America and Europe. At the same time, new markets for 50-seaters are expected to develop in China, Mexico and Russia, ...

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