With accumulated flight time approaching 10,000 hours, some 350 pilots have been trained to fly Embraer’s new Phenom 100 very light jet, more than 100 of which have been delivered, including around 30 to Europe. The Brazilian airframer’s backlog includes 600-plus Phenom 100s and the larger Phenom 300 light jets.
Embraer Phenom 100
Embraer is ahead of schedule in achieving its self-imposed 2005 goal of becoming “a major player in the business aviation market by 2015.” The Brazilian manufacturer has come to EBACE with four examples of its current product range–the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets, the super-midsize Legacy 600 and the large-cabin Lineage 1000.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer released a 10-year business jet forecast at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., yesterday that calls for 10,000 business jets worth $190 billion to be delivered between this year and 2019. If this estimate proves accurate, the next 10 years will be better than the previous decade, when 8,000 jets worth $155 billion were shipped.
About 30 people attended an Embraer Phenom owners and operators fly-in this past weekend in Naples, Fla., with nine owners flying their Phenom 100s into Naples Municipal Airport. Attendees also included those who have yet to take delivery of their Phenom 100 or 300.
Although revenues from commercial aircraft sales fell at Embraer, the fortunes of the executive aviation division actually improved. Embraer’s executive aviation segment net sales reached $896.3 million, up nearly $20 million over 2008. The manufacturer delivered 115 business jets last year–93 Phenom 100s, one Phenom 300, 18 Legacy 600s and three Lineage 1000s–just short of tripling the 36 it shipped in 2008.
If it is true that an event becomes history when it is no longer referred to in the present tense, then the Great Recession still has some receding to do, despite recent suggestions by industry analysts that we are now in the market trough and the only direction is up.
Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer on Friday said its profits dropped 36 percent last year, to $248.5 million, versus $388.7 million in 2008, while net sales last year stood at $5.47 billion, down from $6.34 billion in the previous year. Although revenues from commercial aircraft sales fell, the fortunes of the executive aviation division actually improved.
Embraer said production of the Legacy 500’s first parts has begun at suppliers’ facilities. The nose and main landing-gear forgings arrived at Heroux-Devtek in Canada and are now machined. Meggitt performed the first forgings for the wheels and brakes, while Sonaca began the first trials for stretching the rear fuselage panels at its facilities in Gosselies, Belgium.
Clay Lacy Aviation of Van Nuys, Calif., has been named an Embraer-authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets in Southern California. Clay Lacy is an FAA Class III and IV certified repair station. Adam Elzinga, director of facilities, told AIN that the 80,000-sq-ft facility is ready to accommodate the newest aircraft in Clay Lacy’s maintenance line-up.
FlairJet, based at London Oxford Airport, has been issued an air operator’s certificate and is the first European company to get approval to fly charters in the Embraer Phenom 100. “We are delighted to become the first Phenom 100 operator in Europe to get AOC approval,” said FlairJet CEO David Fletcher.