Embraer has named West Star Aviation’s East Alton, Ill. facility an authorized service Center for the Phenom 100 and 300; the MRO’s St. Louis (SUS) facility is also included in the appointment. The company has a history with Embraer that dates back to the Phenom 100’s launch.
São Paulo, Brazil-based Embraer announced yesterday that it delivered 48 regional and executive jets in the second quarter, down 21 aircraft from the same period last year. Shipments of 23 executive jets in the quarter–10 Phenom 100s, 10 Phenom 300s and three Legacy 600/650s–paled in comparison to the 40 delivered in the same period last year. The drop off is attributable directly to fewer Phenom 100 deliveries.
Flight Options launched a new membership program for its Embraer Phenom 300s that combines the advantages of fractional ownership with the flexibility of a jet card. The new Flight Options Jet Club Membership program, which offers members access to the Phenom 300 without the asset purchase or monthly management fees, has two levels: 75 or 150 hours of flight time in the Phenom 300, to be used anytime within the 36-month membership period.
Everjets signed a contract yesterday for an Embraer Phenom 300 executive jet to be placed in charter service. After taking delivery in December, Everjets will serve southern Europe from its base in Portugal.
Embraer has signed a contract for sale of a Phenom 300 to Amil Assistência Médica. It will be the first medevac version of the Phenom 300. Delivery is expected in the fourth quarter.
Embraer delivered 61 executive jets during the fourth quarter, bringing the delivery total for Phenom, Legacy and Lineage aircraft last year to 144. While the fourth-quarter tally exactly matched that of 2009, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer shipped 29 more airplanes in total last year�a 25-percent increase.
Embraer announced at the NBAA Convention last month that fractional provider NetJets signed an agreement to purchase 50 Phenom 300 light jets and has an option to buy 75 more. At current list prices, the deal could be worth more than $1 billion. The aircraft, which the Brazilian manufacturer expects to begin delivering in 2013, will be specially equipped for the Berkshire Hathaway-owned NetJets and called Phenom 300 Platinum Edition.
Embraer announced that fractional provider NetJets has signed an agreement to purchase 50 Phenom 300 light jets and has an option to buy 75 more. At current list prices, the deal may be worth more than $1 billion (U.S.). The aircraft, which the Brazilian manufacturer expects to begin delivering in 2013, will be specially equipped for the Berkshire Hathaway-owned NetJets and called Phenom 300 Platinum Edition.
Urbana, Ill.-based simulator manufacturer Frasca International (Booth No. 1839) has received an order from Purdue University for an Embraer Phenom FAA level-6 flight training device (FTD). It will include the same Garmin Prodigy avionics found in the aircraft and will be used in the university’s professional pilot training program.
In five years, Embraer has increased its share of total business jet deliveries from 2.2 percent of the total to 14 percent, thanks to the growing number of models offered by the Brazilian manufacturer. Looking at the typical market niches for business jets, there remains only one it hasn’t filled: ultra-long-range jets.