Jet Aviation’s FBO at London Biggin Hill Airport is set to become the first international authorized service center for the Sino-Swearingen SJ30-2 business jet. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding here at the EBACE show yesterday.
German charter operator Cirrus Aviation is to operate Eclipse 500s on behalf of UK-based group JetSet Air, which ordered up to 50 of the new very light jets last November. JetSet Air managing director David Bond also announced yesterday that he has begun negotiations with Embraer for the purchase of up to 10 Phenom 100 VLJs for delivery by 2009. The first two Eclipse 500s will arrive in spring 2007.
Embraer has selected Thales’ integrated electronic standby instrument (IESI) for the Phenom 100 and 300 business jets. The Thales IESI already flies aboard every other Embraer model, from the ERJ 135 regional twinjet to the Embraer 190, launched in a business jet derivative here at EBACE on Tuesday.
Under a freshly signed contract, Embraer will provide the Indian government with a complete support package for its five Legacy 600 business jets. The 10-year agreement covers a spare part exchange program, a repair program and a number of technical assistance services. The latter include technical publication updates, recurrent training, a rental program for ground support equipment, field support and back-office engineering.
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.
Embraer wants to change the face of the business aviation market to the same degree that it has already revolutionized the regional airliner sector. Just before the 2005 EBACE show, the Brazilian airframer announced two new corporate aircraft–the Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ) and the Phenom 300 light jet.
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 (Booth No. 1420) has sold another two super-midsize Legacy 600 business jets in the Middle East, bringing the fleet to seven in the region. The first has been purchased in Beirut, Lebanon, by Adnan Kassar. He is the chairman and CEO of Fransabank SAL and chairman of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. Delivery is pegged for the third quarter.
Embraer believes that the new Lineage 1000 business jet may well find a significant market in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales region. For example, while the ultra-large category accounts for 2 percent of the world’s business jet deliveries, it represents 6 percent of the deliveries in the EMEA region.
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.