The board of directors of Brazilian jet manufacturer Embraer has appointed Frederico Fleury Curado president and CEO. Mauro Kern Jr. will replace Curado as executive v-p of the airline market. Antonio Julio Franco and Flavio Rimoli were named executive v-p of organizational development and executive v-p, legal counsel, respectively.
Availability of in-flight entertainment (IFE) ranks among the top factors that influence the loyalty of passengers, who have become increasingly aware of their travel “experience.” Even on short- and medium-haul flights, customers have come to expect such conveniences as feature films, communications links and interactive services such as e-commerce or games, Embraer airline market senior product strategy manager Claudio Camelier told attende
Embraer’s May 2005 announcement that the company was launching two new business aircraft–the Phenom 100 very light jet and the Phenom 300 light jet–certainly raised some eyebrows. The company garnered even more attention a year later when it revealed its plans to build the Lineage 1000, a business-jet version of its E190 airliner.
The Teal Group put it best in this year’s forecast when, echoing all other major predictors, it asked rhetorically, “Is it wrong to use these unusually good times as a forecasting base year?” Though issuing 10-year (and longer) forecasts might be akin to looking into a crystal ball, six major players have issued surprisingly similar numbers.
Brazilian airframer Embraer last month announced slightly improved first-quarter revenue (Brazil’s fiscal calendar mirrors the yearly calendar) over the same period last year, though reduced deliveries and continued supply-chain issues resulted in a net profit decrease for the company. Net revenue for the first quarter was up 4.3 percent, to $843.4 million, compared with $808.3 million a year ago.
Embraer has selected the CAE Burgess Hill, UK training center as the European training location for the Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. CAE will provide instruction in its Simfinity training devices, which use the same simulation software as the CAE full flight simulators. Training will begin in 2009 to coincide with the first projected Phenom 100 delivery in Europe.
Embraer, which is having a good sales week at EBACE with orders for 11 aircraft announced thus far, has selected the CAE Burgess Hill, UK training center as the European training location for the Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. CAE will provide instruction using Simfinity training devices, which operate on the same simulation software as the CAE full flight simulators.
At the Embraer booth (No. 7510) yesterday, fractional operator Executive AirShare announced an order for seven Phenom 100 very light jets (VLJs) for delivery in the summer of 2010, with options for seven more. Embraer also revealed that Premier Aviation signed a contract at EBACE for four Phenom 100s that were already included in the Phenom backlog.
Cessna and Eclipse are about to feel some Brazilian heat. The first Phenom 100 very light jet being assembled at manufacturer Embraer’s São José dos Campos factory is scheduled for its first flight next month.
As the first three Phenom 100s slated for the certification program are being completed at the main São José dos Campos plant, Embraer is putting into place a multi-site production strategy for the Phenom program.
Show exhibitors here at EBACE 2007 are expecting to break last year’s attendance records. Speaking at the EBACE press lunch on Monday, EBAA chief executive Brian Humphries hinted at 10,000-plus visitors, which would surpass last year’s total of 9,743 registered attendees.