Embraer Delivers 54 Bizjets in First Nine Months
Jetbird’s assertions of delays notwithstanding, Embraer said late last week that it continues to ramp up production of the Phenom 100, helping the Brazilian business jet manufacturer deliver a total of 54 business jets during the first three quarters. The five-passenger Phenom 100 received FAA certification last December, with two deliveries before the end of last year. Since then, the company has delivered six Phenom 100s in the first quarter, 13 in the second quarter and 22 in the third quarter. While the total delivery number of 54 in the first nine months appears impressive, it is primarily the result of increasing production of the less expensive ($3.6 million) Phenom 100 versus the larger and more expensive ($27.45 million) Legacy 600. In fact, Legacy 600 deliveries dropped from nine in the third quarter last year to five in the third quarter this year, and with a total of 12 Legacy deliveries in the first three quarters this year’s total is not likely to reach the 25-aircraft mark set last year. Embraer has delivered one Lineage 1000 bizliner so far this year. The company forecasts deliveries of 127 business jets this year–110 Phenom 100s and Phenom 300s and a combined total of 17 Legacy 600s and Lineage 1000s.