Embraer has chosen Stevens Aviation to provide factory-approved maintenance and product support for its new Phenom 100 very light and Phenom 300 light jets. Stevens also provides factory-authorized service for Bombardier, Grob, Piaggio, Raytheon and Sino Swearingen aircraft and is authorized as an FAR 145 repair station to provide service for Citations and other civil aircraft.
Embraer Phenom 100
Brazilian business jet and regional airline manufacturer Embraer estimates 11,115 business jets will be delivered over the next 10 years and that 2,500 to 3,000 will be very light jets (VLJ) for the air-taxi market. Among the models under development at Embraer is the Phenom 100 VLJ for entry into service in the middle of next year.
Embraer has named Premier Air Center/West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction and Dallas locations factory-authorized service centers for the new Embraer Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. Under the terms of the agreement, the Colorado and Dallas locations will be authorized to perform warranty repairs
on both models.
Embraer has a Legacy 600 on display at Asian Aerospace for the first time. Yesterday the company capitalized on the occasion by announcing two more Legacy 600 business aircraft have been sold in the Asian market. Both aircraft will be delivered to customers in Indonesia this year–one to Jakarta-based PT Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua (Premiair) and the second to an undisclosed company.
Embraer’s European unveiling of its Phenom 100 very light and 300 light jet full-scale cabin mockups here yesterday provided a platform for the Phenom’s fleet launch customer, start-up charter operator JetBird of Zurich, to announce the launch of its low-cost service.
HighTech Finishing (Booth No. 1379) last year had its best 12 months since 2001. The Texas company, which supplies decorative plating for aircraft interior fittings, attributes this strong performance to demand for new aircraft as well as increased activity in refurbishment of older aircraft.
Embraer is breaking into the business jet big league with the launch here at the EBACE show today of the new Lineage 1000 jet derived from its 190 regional airliner. The development of the $40.95 million large-cabin model was approved by the airframer’s board of directors last week on April 25 and the aircraft is expected to enter service during 2008.
During an investor conference yesterday, Embraer senior v-p of executive jets Luis Carlos Affonso predicted that his company is positioned to benefit from the expected growth in the business aviation market. Last year 749 business jets were delivered, he said, and by 2015 that number is forecast to be 1,100, about one-quarter of which will be very light jets.
Zurich-based startup JetBird announced it ordered 50 Phenom 100s, a very light jet under development by Embraer, for a planned European on-demand air taxi service. The $140-million contract includes an option to purchase 50 additional aircraft over five years and allows JetBird to convert its positions into either the four-passenger Phenom 100 or the nine-passenger Phenom 300, a light jet also under development by Embraer.
Embraer yesterday announced that it sold its first Phenom business jets in the Middle East as part of a three-aircraft deal with Kuwaiti VIP charter operator United Aviation. The contract comprises a Phenom 100 and Phenom 300, as well as a single midsize Legacy 600. At list price, the sale would bring $33.1 million.