KBRA expects continued growth in the regional aircraft market globally, supported by strong demand in the emerging economies of Asia-Pacific (particularly China), Latin America, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), and the Middle East, which will require new regional routes as global connectivity continues to expand. Demand is further underpinned by US and European airlines seeking to maximize capacity utilization. Importantly, in 2018, the two largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Boeing and Airbus, have taken steps to establish dominant positions in regional jet production through acquisitions in Embraer and Bombardier’s C-Series. According to KBRA, this has been a significant event for

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