Embraer Delivers First Lineage 1000

 - June 3, 2009, 7:32 AM

Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 on May 8 to His Excellency Aamer Abdul Jalil Al Fahim of Abu Dhabi. The airplane, which will be managed on behalf of His Excellency by Prestige Jet, also of Abu Dhabi, made its first public appearance at EBACE in Geneva a few days after delivery. Embraer’s order book for the $42.9 million, executive version of its E190 airliner now totals more than 20 aircraft. The first delivery was almost eight months late, a result of problems with the interior supplemental type certificate, issued first in December 2008 with limitations that the FAA did not lift until April. The interior completion was done by Pats Aircraft Completions in Georgetown, Del., which Embraer had contracted to do the interior finish on the first 36 Lineage 1000s. The contract has since been amended. Pats will now do the interior completion work on only the first four Lineage 1000s. Embraer will complete subsequent aircraft at its facilities in Brazil. According to an Embraer spokesman, it was a decision that “just made good business sense for both companies.”