“We remain positive about continuing growth of the Brazilian economy, as well as that of all Latin America,” said Embraer vice president of executive jet marketing and sales in Latin America Breno Corrêa, discussing the debut of the company’s Lineage 1000 this week at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE).
He noted that Brazil has the second-largest fleet of Embraer jets after the U.S. and that, worldwide, it is home to the third-largest fleet of business jets. Reasons enough that the Lineage, an executive version of Embraer’s E190 regional jet, is at LABACE 2012.
Although the only Lineage 1000 currently in service in Latin America with a private customer is in Mexico, Embraer expects that will change with more exposure at LABACE and a demonstration tour that’s being planned in the region.
“It is going to be a show stopper at LABACE,” said Correa, “especially when you compare the performance and cabin of the Lineage at $50.5 million with aircraft at either end of that market segment, the $64.5 million Gulfstream G650 at the smaller-cabin end and the $77 million Boeing Business Jet at the larger.” He also points out that the Lineage is the largest aircraft currently certified for operations at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and approval for steep-approach operations at London City Airport are expected in the fourth quarter.
Jay Beever, Embraer’s new vice president of interior design, explained that the bizliner’s five-zone interior offers literally hundreds of possible cabin configurations “in what is 750 square feet of flying apartment.” The Lineage 1000 on display at LABACE includes a dedicated office area and a stateroom with private lavatory and shower.
“We like it when we are able to take the airplane to a show and there is a competing airplane there at the same time,” added Corrêa. In that case, Embraer should be quite happy at LABACE, since its Lineage is parked just a stone’s throw from the ACJ318 on exhibit by Airbus.