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[$$] The Pressure Is On for Japan’s First Jetliner

NAGOYA, Japan—Boeing Co.’s plan to take control of Embraer SA’s commercial aircraft and services operations raises the stakes for a troubled Japanese entrant into the regional jet market ahead of an expected wave of U.S. demand. Industry analysts forecast a surge of sales to replace older aircraft starting in 2020, with around 1,800 planes expected to be sold in the U.S. over two decades—half of worldwide demand. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Japan’s first jet-powered commercial aircraft, appears well-timed despite seven years of delays that have pushed first deliveries back to 2020.