Embraer Executive Jets (EEJ) tentatively takes the view that the business aviation market is maintaining what its president and CEO Marco Tulio defined as “mild recovery” during a press briefing at the Brazilian airframer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos. The company, which generated revenues for its group of $1.65 billion for its parent group last year, is forecasting a relatively conservative number of deliveries for 2014 with a projected total that is likely to be close to the 119 jets delivered last year.
Embraer Legacy 600
The impending service entry of Embraer’s Legacy 450s and 500s is set to complete the Brazilian manufacturer’s product portfolio–a sort of bridge of options connecting the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets with the larger Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000 models. During a pre-EBACE press visit to its São José dos Campos headquarters last month AIN found Embraer’s management in a confident mood, despite the fact that the overall fortunes of the business aviation market still seem somewhat mixed.
Constant Aviation’s Las Vegas facility has been selected by Embraer as an authorized service center for the Legacy 600/650 and Phenom 100/300. Constant Aviation will support scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, avionics upgrades, structural repairs and interior refurbishments.
The People’s Republic of China government has done much to make China more “executive aviation friendly,” according to Embraer Executive Jets. But obstacles remain to business aviation growth, said the Brazilian manufacturer.
A challenge facing aircraft manufacturers is compliance with the FAA’s new Part 25 Subpart H Electrical Wiring Interconnect System (EWIS) regulations, which apply a systems approach to wiring.
Embraer expects to sell 295 business jets worth $13.5 billion over the next 10 years in the Middle East. According to the Brazilian manufacturer, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates now account for 61 percent of the active fleet in the region.
“The Middle East fleet is younger than the world average and accounts for 2 percent of the world’s total business jet fleet, equivalent to 360 aircraft,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “If including commercial jets, an Embraer airplane takes off every five minutes in the Middle East.”
Embraer Executive Jets has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Air Works Pvt. Ltd. to provide full maintenance support to Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 customers in India. This agreement comes ahead of the midsize Legacy 500’s entry into service in the first half of this year. Certification of the mid-light Legacy 450 is expected next year. This is the second MoU signed to support the Legacy 500 in India.
FlightSafety International (FSI) received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Embraer Legacy 500 maintenance training program on February 21. Embraer Executive Jets factory and authorized service center personnel are already receiving training on the under-development Legacy 500, and FSI will begin providing training services to operators of the new jet immediately following its certification.
Embraer has selected Cleveland, Ohio-based Constant Aviation to become a Legacy 450 and 500 authorized service center. The MRO will be able to provide maintenance, avionics services, modifications and composite repairs, and it will also be able to address Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins on both aircraft. The announcement builds on a 15-year partnership that includes authorized service center status on the Legacy 600/650 and Phenom 100/300. The company’s Birmingham, Ala. operation also holds service center status on the Phenom 100/300.
Embraer Executive Jets and Arab Wings inked a purchase agreement for a Lineage 1000 this week at the Dubai Airshow. The bizliner will be managed on behalf of an undisclosed customer and be available for third-party charter, Embraer said. It will join a Legacy 600 and 650 already on Arab Wings’ air operator certificate and will operate out of the charter management company’s base in Amman, Jordan. Delivery of the airplane is scheduled for the first quarter of next year.