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Embraer chooses execjet trainer

 - February 2, 2010, 1:10 AM

Embraer has chosen FlightSafety International as the authorized training provider for its mid-light Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 executive jets, the company announced here. The partnership also extends to the super-midsize Legacy 600, the large Legacy 650 and the ultra-large Lineage 1000, as well as its family of E-Jet commercial airliners. The move signals a shift in approach for Embraer, from its reliance on a joint venture with CAE for training on the smaller Phenom 100 and 300 light jets.

The contract calls for Embraer and FlightSafety to work in tandem to develop new training programs, update existing courses and determine the timing and location of additional flight simulators, devices and equipment needed to support Embraer operators.

The Brazilian airframer also has announced the appointment of ExecuJet Australia as its exclusive authorized business jet service provider Down Under. Last month ExecuJet began offering support to all of Embraer’s Legacy 600 customers, including warranty and line and heavy maintenance. The company expects to expand its role this year to support Phenom customers.

Moving from support to sales, Embraer also has announced that it has named Premiair and Raco Trading as its authorized sales representatives in Indonesia and the Philippines, respectively. The two companies will now take responsibility for the promotion and sale of Embraer’s entire business jet portfolio in their
respective countries.

Jakarta-based VIP charter flight and aircraft management company Premiair operates the largest fleet of Embraer executive jets in the Asia-Pacific region–namely, four Legacy 600s. Raco Trading last month collaborated with Embraer to showcase the entry-level Phenom 100 to prospects in Manila and Cebu.

Embraer expects demand for business jets in Asia to reach 1,000 units by 2020. The company delivered its 100th Phenom 100 on January 29 and, in terms of unit sales, it now commands some 9 percent of the business jet market, compared with 3 percent in 2005.