Brazilian manufacturer Embraer announced on Monday here at ABACE that it received another order for its Lineage 1000. The order is for a single aircraft, which is scheduled for delivery to an undisclosed Chinese customer in the first half of this year, according to Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. The order builds on previous successes, including an order from Minsheng Financial Leasing for five Lineages.
Embraer Executive Jets’ (Chalet 130) presence in the Asia Pacific has grown significantly since the delivery of its first executive jet to the region in 2004. The Embraer fleet currently numbers more than 40 units spanning its complete portfolio: the Phenom 100 and 300, Legacy 600 and 650 and Lineage 1000. The company is displaying a Lineage 1000, Legacy 650 and Phenom 300 in the ABACE static area here in Shanghai this week.
Indonesia is one of two country-markets in the Asia Pacific where at least one type from each family of Embraer Executive Jets’ aircraft is in active service. The company recently announced the appointment of Hawker Pacific Singapore as an authorized service center for all of the manufacturer’s business jets, including the in-development Legacy 450/500 family when they enter service.
In Thailand, the Royal Thai Army and Royal Thai Navy both operate two Legacies (also alluded to as the “ERJ 135 shuttle”).
India is the second single country-market in the region where one type from each family of Embraer Executive Jet aircraft is in active service, but it is home to the largest fleet of jets (18, which is more than one third of the 42 regional total, and just over 10 percent of the total number of business jets in India). The six Phenom 100 jets in the country are the only type of aircraft in that category, effectively creating the light jet segment in the India market. The Lineage 1000 based in India is one of two in the region; the other is located in Indonesia.
To support the operations of the growing number of Embraer Executive Jet customers and operators in the country, the company has named Indamer as authorized service provider for the Phenom 100, Legacy 600/650 and Lineage 1000, and Air Works Engineering for the Phenom 100. Air Works also maintains a stock of parts on-site at its bonded facility in Bangalore. The customer-support network consists of seven service facilities: two each in New Delhi and Mumbai, and one each in Hyderabad, Chennai and Hosur. In Pakistan, the Pakistani government uses four Phenom 100 jets for VIP transport missions.
In Australia, Embraer Executive Jets has successfully placed a Legacy 600 and two Phenom 100s. One of the Phenom 100s is with the China Southern Western Australia Flight College, the first flight school in the Asia Pacific region to choose a Phenom 100.
Embraer has also appointed ExecuJet Australia as an authorized service provider, and it is approved for MRO services for the Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600/650 at its facilities in Melbourne and Sydney, and for the Phenom 100 in Perth via preferred partner Airflite. A stock of parts is also maintained on-site at the facilities in Melbourne and Perth.
In Japan, Embraer has pre-selected Japcon to offer maintenance services to future Embraer Executive Jet operators in the country.o