Order backlogs are usually a good thing. So Embraer's
But if you consider that these are mostly commercial airplane orders that we're talking about, that smile can easily turn upside down and let disillusionment kick in. Air carriers have been known for putting off orders, being bad credit risks, or even going kaput.
The four leading aircraft manufacturers feel the same pain even if they come from all over the world. Canada's Bombardier, France's Airbus, Brazil's Embraer, and our own country's Boeing
For Embraer, at least it can take heart that one of its largest customers is the steadily growing JetBlue
Yes, it is encouraging to see Embraer's jets in demand. Yet it's also important to remember that everything from soaring jet-fuel costs to the threat of terrorism can trip up the struggling airline industry. And if the carriers take a fall, the manufacturers have little choice but to fall right behind them.
- JetBlue did take a liking to Embraer two years ago.
- The Airbus A380 is the Monster Thickburger of new airplanes.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz doesn't have a fear of flying -- or landing. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.