Bizjet Deliveries at Embraer Climb 25 Percent
Embraer delivered 61 executive jets during the fourth quarter, bringing the delivery total for Phenom, Legacy and Lineage aircraft last year to 144. While the fourth-quarter tally exactly matched that of 2009, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer shipped 29 more airplanes in total last year�a 25-percent increase. By model, Embraer last year delivered 100 Phenom 100s (93 in 2009), 26 Phenom 300s (one in 2009), 10 Legacy 600/650s (18 Legacy 600s in 2009) and eight Lineage 1000s (three in 2009). Embraer claims that the Phenom 100 was the ≥most delivered≤ executive jet in 2010, though this canπt be verified until the GAMA full-year shipment statistics are published next month. The first Legacy 650 was handed over to launch customer Amsair Aircraft in November. Embraerπs firm order backlog�which includes executive, commercial and military aircraft�stood at $15.6 billion at the end of last year. This backlog was boosted in the last quarter, when the aircraft manufacturer inked a firm order in October with NetJets for 50 Phenom 300s, as well as options for another 75.