Embraer Lays Off 900 Staff; Cites Pandemic, Boeing Deal Collapse

Embraer E195-E2
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Aircraft manufacturer Embraer is laying off 900 employees in Brazil, the equivalent of 4.5% of its global workforce, according to a Sept. 3 statement.  

Embraer said the decision is based on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the termination of the planned partnership with Boeing in the commercial aircraft market. Embraer's executive aircraft division was not affected, a spokeswoman said. 

Embraer Commercial Aviation saw deliveries decline by 75% in the first six months of 2020 compared to 2019. The company does not expect the market to recover in the short- to medium-term. The situation has been made worse by the planned carve-out of the commercial aviation unit from the group because it led to double structures that are no longer needed as it is re-integrated into the company.  

Around 1,600 employees have already taken advantage of so-called voluntary dismissal plans. The company has furloughed an unspecified number of employees.  

Jens Flottau

Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Jens is executive editor and leads Aviation Week Network’s global team of journalists covering commercial aviation.