Brazil has an established aerospace manufacturing sector and produces a wide range of aerospace products. Perhaps best known for producing regional jets, Brazilian manufacturers also make turboprops, military aircraft, agricultural aircraft, business aircraft, helicopters, and other general aviation aircraft. Brazilian firms are highly integrated into the global aerospace supply chain and have embarked on risk-sharing projects and joint ventures with foreign firms both in Brazil and abroad. Brazil is one of the top ten U.S. export markets for aerospace equipment, likely due to the increasing success of Embraer’s regional jet and business aircraft programs. In 2012, U.S. firms exported $6.8 billion worth of aerospace products to Brazil.

Brazil also has a complex domestic aviation industry, including a growing network of airports and services for commercial aviation and business aviation. Due to growing demand for all forms of air travel, as well the infrastructure demands of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil is launching improvements to about 270 regional airports. Brazilian states and cities also have specific plans to develop infrastructure for helicopters, in part because of the growth of the domestic oil and gas industry. Regional infrastructure projects are expected to begin in 2014

For more information on the Brazilian market, see the 2013 Brazil Country Commercial Guide.

SÃO PAULO / SÃO JOSÉ DOS CAMPOS São Paulo is the economic and financial center as well as the traditional access point for companies entering the Brazilian market. São Paulo’s Guarulhos airport is a major hub for international passenger traffic into Brazil and is home to maintenance organizations for several Brazilian and international airlines. São José dos Campos is a major Brazilian industrial center and home to Embraer, producer of commercial, military, and executive aircraft.

RIO DE JANEIRO will host the 2016 Summer Olympics Games. Rio is also home to the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA), the branch of the Ministry of Defense responsible for all air traffic in Brazil. Finally, Rio is home to Petrobras, Brazil’s largest company and a significant global producer of oil and energy products.

BELO HORIZONTE is the third largest metropolitan area in Brazil, after São Paulo and Rio. Tancredo Neves, the states’ main airport, is expected to become the third largest international gateway to Brazil and is enacting a 3-phase $2 billion plan to expand the runway system and terminal space. Belo Horizonte is also home to Lider Aviacão, an aircraft sales firm, and it is where the procurement and maintenance divisions of GOL, a major airline, is located.

BRASILIA is the capital of Brazil and is home to many government institutions responsible for the aerospace and aviation industries. These agencies include INFRAERO, a government agency that manages 63 airports, and its infrastructure, and the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC), the civil aviation authority.