Embraer officially opened a 75,000-sq-ft Engineering & Technology Center yesterday at its growing campus in Melbourne, Fla. The facility will conduct engineering and development activities for both products and technology across Embraer’s business lines–airliners, executive aviation, defense and aerospace–with the first assignments focused primarily on executive jet interiors. It is the first of its kind for Embraer outside Brazil, where the company is headquartered.
Embraer Phenom 300
The Embraer Executive Jets service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, is now an authorized Rolls-Royce line maintenance center for the AE3007 in the South American country. The agreement allows Embraer to perform Rolls-Royce’s warranty or CorporateCare program services, which covers the cost of replacement parts, labor and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. AE3007s power the ERJ-135 and -145 regional jets and Legacy 600/650 business jets.
Manufacturers saw a better than 12-percent jump in first-half business jet deliveries year over year, with 318 handed over during the first six months of this year, according to statistics released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Much of this increase was fueled by Cessna, which delivered 71 jets in the first half of the year, a 36.5-percent rise over the same period last year. Though the company saw decreases in most of its other models, its totals were buoyed by recent certifications of the Citation M2, Sovereign+ and X+.
Avantto is one of Brazil’s most active aircraft management and fractional ownership companies. In addition to its more traditional services, it launched a new Combo program this year under which owners can purchase a share that includes flight time in both a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter.
Despite some stutters in the global market, especially in the BRIC region that includes Brazil, Embraer Executive Jets continues to post good sales. By the end of June, the combined fleet had climbed to 788 aircraft operating in more than 50 countries. Sales for the first half of this year totaled 49. And, at a press conference in São Paulo on Monday, Embraer reported that market share in the business jet sector is also climbing again, reaching 17.6 percent in 2013, a figure that is almost back to the company’s 2010 high.
In the five years since opening its customer Contact Center, Embraer Executive Jets has seen its worldwide fleet grow to a size five times as large as it was back then in 2009. So at a press conference here in São Paulo yesterday, the manufacturer announced it has opened new facilities and expanded the Contact Center to accommodate the growth in customer care needs.
The Prodigy Touch avionics suite for the Embraer Phenom 300 is more than just an optional upgrade that brings a touchscreen flight management system to the light jet’s cockpit. Based on the Garmin G3000 system, Prodigy Touch also brings larger displays and more functionality over the Phenom 300’s standard G1000-based Prodigy flight deck.
Embraer announced an upgraded version of the Phenom 100 entry-level light jet last year and customers are beginning to take delivery of the new 100E. The aircraft introduces multifunction spoilers and upgraded interior options. Base price is $4.161 million, but options such as premium seats, a solid lavatory door and an extra passenger seat/kibitzer that faces sideways across from the cabin entry door can quickly take the price past $4.4 million, putting it in line with Cessna’s new M2 with a few options.
Embraer will begin assembling its new midsize Legacy 450 and 500 business jets at its Melbourne, Fla. campus by 2016, build a major new plant expansion there and add 600 jobs. Company executives announced the moves here at AirVenture on Wednesday. Embraer Executive Jets senior vice president Jose Eduardo Costas added that certification of the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 is “imminent.”
The Embraer Phenom 300 handed over to NetJets on Friday at Embraer Executive Jets’ Melbourne, Fla. facility marked three major milestones for the light jet program. It not only was the 25th Phenom 300 delivered to the fractional aircraft provider, it was also the 200th Phenom 300 and the 75th U.S.-assembled Phenom.
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