This week at LABACE 2013, Embraer has moved from its usual chalet near the show entrance to the other end of the static display ramp, where it has room for its entire line-up, including the Phenom 100 and 300, Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000, as well as the third Legacy 500 in the certification program and a Legacy 450 cabin mockup. The Legacy 500 is also making its LABACE debut.
The Brazilian manufacturer has come a long way from 2008, when it had just six of its business jets in service in the country. Today, there are 120 Embraer business jets based in Brazil and 145 in service throughout Latin America, with the manufacturer claiming a 38-percent market share in the region.
At the show, Embraer announced several upgrades for its Phenom 100. These include, as standard, the addition of multifunction spoilers and 11 new interior “collections” that offer new carpet, leathers, fabrics and veneers. New options include a 330-pound increase in zero fuel weight, as well as a refreshment center, additional storage space and premium seats.