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 Phenom 100
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.
Brazil’s Embraer has given itself until the middle of this year to reach an agreement with its Chinese partners on adapting its assembly line in Harbin to produce 70- to 110-seat E-Jets.
Embraer is looking back at a relatively successful 2009. The Brazilian manufacturer delivered a total of 244 airplanes, two more than its goal for the year, and 115 of them were business jets, 79 more than were delivered in 2008.
Having delayed its launch for the third time (most recently to December), Ireland-based would-be air-taxi operator JetBird is now publicly no more specific in its planning than to say it will start operations this year. The first aircraft were to have been delivered in September but delays then were attributed to production problems at Embraer.
While other business aircraft manufacturers struggled last year, Embraer more than tripled its production output of executive jets. Thanks to the ramp-up in deliveries of its new Phenom line, the Brazilian aircraft company delivered 115 business jets last year, up from the 36 it shipped in 2008. Broken down by model, Embraer delivered 93 Phenom 100s, one Phenom 300, 18 Legacy 600s and three Lineage 1000s last year.
JetBird, the Ireland-based would-be air-taxi operator that had hoped to be flying Embraer Phenoms already, says it is now planning to launch operations sometime this year, but news from other quarters suggests obstacles that might go beyond a mere delay.
Brazilian OEM Embraer launched 2010 by announcing the first deliveries of two of its new aircraft, the Phenom 300 and Lineage 1000. The first Phenom 300, a seven-passenger light jet, was delivered from Embraer’s São Jose dos Campos facilities on December 29 to Executive Flight Services of Kansas City, Mo.