Embraer’s Bizjet Deliveries Tripled in 2009
While other business aircraft manufacturers struggled last year, Embraer more than tripled its production output of executive jets. Thanks to the ramp-up in deliveries of its new Phenom line, the Brazilian aircraft company delivered 115 business jets last year, up from the 36 it shipped in 2008. Broken down by model, Embraer delivered 93 Phenom 100s, one Phenom 300, 18 Legacy 600s and three Lineage 1000s last year. Notably, the manufacturer delivered 54 Phenom 100s in the fourth quarter alone. In 2008 it shipped two Phenom 100 light jets, 33 super-midsize Legacy 600s and one E175 bizliner. Including airliners and military aircraft, Embraer delivered a total of 244 aircraft last year, up from the 204 airplanes it handed over to customers in 2008. As of December 31, the company’s firm order backlog stood at $16.6 billion. Meanwhile, another new model will enter production this year. Embraer plans to start deliveries of its Legacy 650–a $29.5 million super-midsize jet with 3,900-nm range–in the second half.