Production line snags have forced Embraer to reduce its delivery forecast this year from 145 to 135, the company revealed last month.
The Nordam Group (Booth No. 5574) continues to expand its MRO business internationally a year after the untimely death of its founder, Ray Siegfried II, last October.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) has successfully completed the maiden flight of its PW617F engine, selected to power the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ).
Not new to supporting airline customers the world over, Embraer must nevertheless convince the business aviation community about its seriousness in competing not only on product quality, but support capability as well.
Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No. 2142) announced yesterday that it has selected the GE/Honda HF120 turbofan engine to power a new $6.2 million (2006 $) midsize business jet called the S-40 Freedom.
Start-up manufacturer Spectrum Aeronautical announced last month that it has selected the GE/Honda HF120 turbofan engine to power a new $6.2 million (2006 $) midsize business jet called the S-40 Freedom.
With the announcement, Spectrum became the second customer for the 2,050-pound-thrust engine, currently in development and slated for certification in 2009. The S-40’s certification and first deliveries are “targeted for” 2010.
One year after Embraer announced that it was jumping into the VLJ and light jet markets with a capital commitment of more than $200 million, the company has built a solid order book for its Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 models. The latest major order before the NBAA Convention was announced last month when Embraer revealed that Houston-based Magnum Jet has placed a $137 million order for 50 Phenom 100s and options for 50 more.
Connecticut-based Magnum Jet confirmed an order placed several months ago with Adam Aircraft for 101 A700 very light jets (VLJ) for planned management and air-limo services. Englewood, Colo.-based Adam Aircraft recently certified the A500 piston twin and is expected to receive FAA approval for the Williams International-powered A700 by year-end. In September Magnum ordered 50 Embraer Phenom 100 VLJs, with options for 50 more.
Embraer selected UK-based Priestman Goode to design the interior of the Lineage 1000, the ultra-large executive jet the Brazilian OEM launched in May. The company also chose DeCrane Aircraft in Georgetown, Del., to install and complete the interiors of the new jet. The first aircraft is anticipated to arrive at DeCrane in the third quarter of next year. Based on the E190 jetliner, the aircraft is expected to enter service in 2008.
When Embraer decided to enter the business jet market after the successful launch of a family of regional airliners in the 1990s, the company’s chief executive had a clear vision for the future. Mauricio Botelho–the man who led Embraer’s resurgence after the Brazilian government privatized the company in 1994–was determined that Embraer also be a significant force in the market for business jets, and not merely a niche player.