Embraer will begin assembling its new midsize Legacy 450 and 500 business jets at its Melbourne, Fla. campus by 2016, build a major new plant expansion there and add 600 jobs. Company executives announced the moves here at AirVenture on Wednesday. Embraer Executive Jets senior vice president Jose Eduardo Costas added that certification of the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 is “imminent.”
Embraer Phenom 100
The Embraer Phenom 300 handed over to NetJets on Friday at Embraer Executive Jets’ Melbourne, Fla. facility marked three major milestones for the light jet program. It not only was the 25th Phenom 300 delivered to the fractional aircraft provider, it was also the 200th Phenom 300 and the 75th U.S.-assembled Phenom.
Embraer Executive Jets delivered 29 business jets in the second quarter, unchanged from the same period last year. However, this year’s mix is slightly more favorable–six Phenom 100s, 16 Phenom 300s, six Legacy 650s and one Lineage 1000, compared with 11 Phenom 100s, 12 Phenom 300s, five Legacy 650s and one Lineage 1000 in last year’s second quarter. In the first half, Embraer delivered a total of 49 business jets (39 light, 10 large) versus 41 (31 light, 10 large) in the first six months of 2013.
Embraer Executive Jets celebrated the delivery of the 500th Phenom yesterday, just 5.5 years after the first Phenom 100 entered service and 4.5 years after Phenom 300 deliveries began. The milestone aircraft, a Phenom 300, was delivered to Prime Fraction Club, a fractional provider in Brazil that operates three other Phenoms, as well as helicopters, boats and sports cars.
India’s Invision Air has abandoned plans to build a wholly owned fleet of Embraer Phenoms, switching its business model to one based largely on aircraft management and a plan to provide flights connecting smaller cities within the state of Maharashta.
Embraer Executive Jets has brought five aircraft to Geneva for the EBACE show as the company continues to expand its business aviation portfolio. The ultra-large Lineage 1000E is making its show debut, sporting a new interior among other enhancements that include options for autoland and an enhanced vision system. While the midsize Legacy 500 made its EBACE debut last year, it is the first time that show-goers can see it with a fully fitted cabin interior.
CAE is preparing to open a fourth training center for Embraer’s Phenom light jets later this year. According to Carlos Mallaco, vice president for Customer Support & Services with Embraer Executive Jets, the additional training capacity will likely be added in the U.S. through the long-established Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) joint venture. Phenom pilots already have three ECTS facilities at their disposal in Dallas, Texas; Burgess Hill in the UK; and São Paulo in Brazil.
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.
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.
The Phenom 300 received EASA certification for steep-approach operation, which enables increased descent angles of up to 5.5 degrees, Embraer Executive Jets announced today at EBACE. “This certification enhances the Phenom 300’s operational flexibility,” said Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Marco Túlio Pellegrini. “Our European customers will be particularly pleased to have access to airports such as London City.” The steep-approach feature is available immediately for EASA-configured Phenom 300s.