Deliveries of business jets at Embraer increased by more than 60 percent in the first quarter, rising from eight last year (six light jets and two large jets) to 13 (12 light jets and one large jet) in the just-ended three-month period. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer projects that it will ship 75 to 85 light business jets (Phenom 100s and 300s) and 15 to 20 large executive jets (Legacy 600/650s and Lineage 1000s) this year.
Embraer Phenom 100
Embraer’s business aircraft deliveries declined to 99 last year from 144 in 2010, according to the Brazilian OEM’s fiscal-year 2011 and fourth-quarter 2011 results, released recently. Embraer Executive Jets’ share of total company revenue dropped to 19 percent last year from 23 percent in 2010. The company delivered 50 business jets (more than half the annual total) in last year’s fourth quarter, 11 fewer than for the same period in 2010.
Invision Air is seeking to bring economies of scale to kick-start India’s executive charter sector. For the most part, the industry consists of small operators with no more than two or three aircraft each.
Embraer delivered the first medevac version of the Phenom 300 jet yesterday, to Amil Resgate Saúde. The aircraft–tail number PP-UTI–is also the 100th Embraer executive jet to be delivered in Brazil. The aircraft OEM installed and certified all of the equipment on the aircraft, including a new interior design and assembly specifically for medical missions. The cabin configuration provides horizontal space for a stretcher and four rotating seats for the medical team and companion, as well as a private aft lavatory.
Flight Options, the second-largest fractional jet provider in the U.S., said 2011 was one of its best years and expects the momentum to continue to build this year. In fact, the Cleveland-based company reported a healthy jump in new fractional owners last year versus 2010.
“One of the statistics from 2011 of which we are most proud is that more than one-third of all new owners came from referrals–a strong and appreciated endorsement from our current owners,” noted Flight Options CEO Michael Silvestro.
Embraer recently delivered its 300th Phenom jet, some three years after the first Phenom 100 was handed over. Appropriately enough, the milestone aircraft was a Phenom 300. To date, half of the Phenoms delivered have been taken by North American customers, with Latin American operators accounting for another 30 percent; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 17 percent; and Asia, 3 percent. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer delivered 98 Phenoms in 2009, 126 in 2010 and 83 last year.
Film star Jackie Chan’s new Embraer Legacy 650 executive jet is on display in the static park here at the Singapore Airshow. The aircraft touched down on Sunday evening, making its first public appearance since the actor and philanthropist took delivery on February 3 in São Paolo, Brazil.
Spurred by sluggish demand for light and midsize jets and the threat from Brazil’s Embraer, Cessna has enlarged its midsize cabin cross-section and refreshed one of the lightest jets it builds. The new contenders were revealed last fall in the form of the 680A Latitude midsize and the M2 update of the CJ1+. They compete with, respectively, the Embraer Legacy 450 (slated for certification in late 2014 and service entry in early 2015) and the Phenom 100 (in service since 2009).
On December 5, Embraer Executive Jets opened its Global Customer Center at the Melbourne International Airport in Florida and simultaneously delivered the first U.S.-assembled Phenom 100 to Executive AirShare. With this delivery, the Kansas City, Mo.-based fractional provider now has 18 Phenoms (thirteen 100s and five 300s).
On December 23, Embraer rolled out the first midsize Legacy 500–S/N 00001–from the production hangar at the company’s São José dos Campos, Brazil headquarters. “This is a significant day for the Legacy 500 program,” said Embraer Executive Jets vice president of programs Maurício Almeida. “Releasing the aircraft from production to the test team will allow us to gather vital information during ground tests, which will be used to shorten the flight-test campaign.” The Legacy 500 is scheduled to fly in the third quarter.