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.
Embraer Phenom 100
Embraer says the slowdown in the Indian economy has done little to stop its strong business aircraft sales in the country. India is the first country from the Asia Pacific region to have a complete portfolio of Embraer aircraft, ranging from the Phenom 100 very light jet to the large-cabin Lineage 1000.
Embraer delivered 119 executive jets worth $1.64 billion last year–up by 26 percent on 2012’s $1.29 billion–and nearly half of them (53) were handed over in the fourth quarter. The whole-year deliveries broke down as 90 light jets (60 Phenom 300s and 30 Phenom 100s) and 29 large jets (21 Legacy 600/650s and eight Lineage 1000/shuttles), and in the fourth quarter the tally was 38 light jets and 15 large jets.
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.
RBR Maintenance has hired Chris Grinnell as lead technician. According to the company, Grinnell has developed extensive technical knowledge through his previous positions as maintenance/lead mechanic and AOG technician. Specializing in Cessna and Embraer aircraft, Grinnell has been working on the Phenom 100 since first delivery. In addition, he has successfully completed FJ44 schooling. In his new position he will be responsible for overseeing maintenance projects and providing technical support to RBR customers.
Embraer Executive Jets (Chalet A7) is enjoying strong sales with a cumulative total of more than 630 sold in 50 countries to date, according to Colin Steven, the unit’s vice president of sales and marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We delivered 99 jets in both 2011 and 2012, despite the total market deliveries having dropped 6 percent in the same period,” he said.
Embraer plans to expand its current facilities at Melbourne International Airport, Fla., with the addition of a new assembly line for the Legacy 500/450. If approved by the appropriate authorities, construction of the new facility will begin next year.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has an assembly plant and paint facility for the Phenom 100 and 300 at the airport, as well as its customer center for executive aircraft.
The company is also constructing a new engineering and technology center, which will become part of Embraer’s Melbourne campus next year.
Constant Aviation is expanding its national sales force and maintenance offerings through its three facilities in Cleveland, Ohio; Birmingham, Ala.; and Las Vegas, Nev. Constant now offers maintenance services on the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 and Legacy 600 and 650; the Cessna Citation X; all Hawker 800 series; Beechjet/Hawker 400 series; and Bombardier Challenger 300 jets as well as the Piaggio Avanti and King Air turboprops. Offered services include airframe, engine and avionics repair, interior refurbishment and parts distribution.
JetSuite has exercised options for 10 more Cessna Citation CJ3s to provide additional capacity for its new partnership with private flight membership program Wheels Up. In a deal confirmed here at the NBAA show, JetSuite agreed to take the first of the 10 additional aircraft on November 22, with one more to join its fleet every 90 days.
Private aviation membership services JetSuite and Wheels Up have forged a new partnership that will give reciprocal benefits to their customers. The agreement, which was announced today at the NBAA show in Las Vegas, will see Wheels Up members gaining access to JetSuite’s fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 and Cessna Citation CJ3 aircraft, giving them a light jet alternative to the new company’s Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop twins.