Industry Consolidation

Airbus’ takeover of Bombardier’s C Series programme and Boeing’s proposed partnership with Embraer are reshaping the aerospace industry. Richard Schuurman analyses what it all means.

Airbus acquired majority control of the former Bombardier C Series programme on July 1.

Consolidation has been a factor in the aerospace industry’s evolution right from the early days of powered flight, whether it be manufacturers, suppliers or the airlines themselves. These latest moves involving four of the largest airframe companies in the world will have a major impact that hasn’t been seen since McDonnell Douglas merged into Boeing in August 1997 and both Fokker and British Aerospace left the commercial market. Despite the loss of these historic brands, and many more like them, both the Bombardier and Embraer names are set to survive, albeit in different roles.

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