Brian Winter – Reuters, 06/19/2012
(Reuters) – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is shopping for a new presidential jet and is talking to Boeing about buying one, four sources told Reuters, signaling greater inroads by the U.S. aircraft-maker into one of the world’s top emerging markets.
Rousseff is seeking a larger plane more consistent with Brazil’s growing economic and geopolitical might and is evaluating the purchase of a Boeing 747 similar to Air Force One, the aircraft used by the president of the United States, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
Rousseff currently uses a much smaller Airbus A319, which her predecessor bought in 2004. The plane is unable to make some direct long-haul flights, having made two stops to refuel on Rousseff’s trip to India for a summit in March, the sources said.