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PATS ready to begin completion of first Lineage 1000

 - September 20, 2007, 7:45 AM

The first Embraer Lineage 1000–the executive version of the Brazilian manufacturer’s E-190 regional airliner–has an appointment next month at a U.S. completion center to receive its VIP interior, cabin appointments and several fresh coats of paint.

Following final assembly and flight testing, the airplane will be flown from Brazil to DeCrane Aerospace’s PATS completion center in Georgetown, Del. Current plans call for the aircraft to be completed and delivered to the first customer late next year. DeCrane was initially scheduled to begin completion in July, but that schedule slipped by a few months, according to sources close to the program.

For Lineage completions, Embraer hopes to avoid the early problems surrounding completion of the Airbus Corporate Jet and Boeing Business Jet, which were beset by delays and cost overruns. In an effort to speed and simplify completions on the basic $40.95 million Lineage, Embraer and independent designers have developed interchangeable interior modules that can be located in one of five zones throughout the cabin. Customers who want a completely custom cabin also have that option at additional cost, according to Embraer. But the standard options provide customers with a good deal of flexibility and shave significant time from the process.

Adjacent to the main entry, customers can choose from a reception lobby with a curved divan that can also be used for crew rest. A forward crew lavatory is also located on the right-side wall between this area and the cockpit. The space can also be fitted with an enclosed crew rest area with an oversized single reclining seat for privacy.

A large double-sided galley is located immediately aft of the entryway. Standard galley equipment includes microwave, high-power convection oven, ice drawers, six-unit storage and a kitchen sink. Available options include an espresso maker, refrigerator, wine chiller, high-power outlets and a beverage center. Optional pocket doors separate the galley from the rest of the cabin to minimize noise and olfactory interference.

The passenger area can be divided into as many as five zones, with each having several different modules from which to select. Five standard modules are available for Zone 1. They include a large conference table and four side-facing single seats, three single seats and an entertainment unit, a club-four configuration, or either right-hand or left-hand conference-four groupings with hi-lo table and an opposing half-club with folding sidewall table. Dropping the table and reclining the seats can convert the zone into a lie-flat sleeping area with optional mattresses. The seats can be fitted with a variety of options, including slide-down arms and plug-in trays and monitors. A 17-inch or optional 20-inch monitor is installed in the forward bulkhead of Zone 1.

Zones 1 and 2 are separated by the pocket door and either a mid-cabin lavatory or an entertainment system cabinet and small closet. Another bulkhead monitor can be installed on the left side of the forward cabin divider. Zones 2, 3 and 4 can be combined to create a large, open master salon with curved sidewall divans and single seats, credenzas with large pop-out or fixed monitors (up to 42 inches diagonal) and an office work area. Or variations of Zone 1 layouts can be duplicated, but here they also include divans. The same can be done in Zones 3 and 4, which can also be combined to create a smaller salon.

Zone 5 can be configured as a master bedroom suite with a large lavatory that includes a bidet and an optional shower. Adding the shower, however, cuts deep into the main cabin luggage area that measures 360 cu ft and holds up to 2,293 pounds. (Additional closet space plus the belly storage under the forward cabin and accessible through an exterior luggage door in the lower fuselage brings the total luggage capacity to 615 cu ft.) The rear area can also be outfitted with opposing berthable divans or a single divan and a private sitting area.