Orders for up to 117 regional jets worth roughly $2.7 billion failed to stifle some dissenting opinions at the 1997 Paris Air Show in June. While the orders firmly placed Brazilian manufacturer Embraer back on the map and gave Bombardier a launch customer for the 70-seat Canadair Regional Jet Series 700, they also raised anew the trade controversy between Canada and Brazil. Concurrently, it appeared that the new Aero International (Regional) (AI(R)) consortium of ATR partners ...

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