Embraer is at the show with five aircraft–a record number for the Brazilian manufacturer’s presence here at the Singapore Airshow. On the static display are the E190 narrowbody airliner (in the 100-seat category), the Lineage 1000 large-cabin business jet (derived from the E190) and the Legacy 650 super-midsize business jet, as well as the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 light jets (four and six seats, respectively).
Embraer ERJ 145 family
Film star Jackie Chan’s new Embraer Legacy 650 executive jet is on display in the static park here at the Singapore Airshow. The aircraft touched down on Sunday evening, making its first public appearance since the actor and philanthropist took delivery on February 3 in São Paolo, Brazil.
Embraer performed the Legacy 500 first engine run on January 17 at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, the company said yesterday. Between the midsize jet’s December 23 rollout and the first run of its Honeywell HTF7500E engines, Embraer conducted several ground tests, including APU and refueling tests.
Embraer’s next new business jet, the fly-by-wire Legacy 500, rolled out of the manufacturer’s São José dos Campos headquarters in Brazil on Dec. 23, 2011. The jet’s first flight had been planned by the end of last year, but has been delayed until the third quarter this year due to a software problem with the fly-by-wire flight control system’s remote electronic unit made by Parker Aerospace, according to Embraer.
Spurred by sluggish demand for light and midsize jets and the threat from Brazil’s Embraer, Cessna has enlarged its midsize cabin cross-section and refreshed one of the lightest jets it builds. The new contenders were revealed last fall in the form of the 680A Latitude midsize and the M2 update of the CJ1+. They compete with, respectively, the Embraer Legacy 450 (slated for certification in late 2014 and service entry in early 2015) and the Phenom 100 (in service since 2009).
American Eagle last month confirmed plans to replace all of its ATR 72 turboprops operating from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with Embraer ERJ 135s, 140s and 145s. As a result, 14 markets throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas gained all-jet service beginning January 31.
The scramble for precious slots at London Heathrow Airport has spurred a bidding war for struggling UK carrier BMI. Virgin Atlantic Airways has told Lufthansa, BMI’s owner, that it will be able to close the deal more quickly than the International Airlines Group (IAG), which launched a bid for BMI in November.
The growing threat posed to airline and general aviation pilots by laser pointing devices has accelerated efforts to address the problem through regulation and criminal prosecution.
While it has certainly felt the same pressures as its competition, Embraer expects a change in the bizjet market to come soon.
Embraer’s new brand ambassador will be able to forget Rush Hours at airports around the world when he takes delivery of his new Legacy 650 later this year. Famous for his death-defying stunts as much as his acting, Jackie Chan will become the first owner of the aircraft type in China. The aircraft is due for delivery later this year.