Under a bright, azure sky, the ninth annual Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) opened this morning in São Paulo, Brazil, to the sound of business aviation hard at work in a region of the world where the industry sees a long-term bright future.
“We remain positive about continuing growth of the Brazilian economy, as well as that of all Latin America,” said Embraer vice president of sales for Latin America Breno Corrêa, discussing the debut of the company’s Lineage 1000 this week.
An Embraer Phenom 300 on a flight from Genève-Cointrin Airport (LSGG) in Switzerland was damaged following an August 6 runway excursion at its destination, St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (LSZR), Switzerland. All three people on board escaped uninjured. The jet landed on Runway 10 but overshot the end of the paved surface, breaking through an airport fence before sliding to a stop in a field. Weather at LSZR at the time of the accident was reported as scattered clouds at 6,000 feet with good visibility in light rain.
Embraer-CAE Training Services (ECTS) received Level-D approval from the Brazilian civil aviation agency for its Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 flight simulator at the CAE SimuFlite training center at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The simulator is part of the training system for Phenom pilots and maintenance technicians provided by the ECTS joint venture.
While last week’s announcement of a firm order for six E190s from Venezuela’s Conviasa Airlines certainly helped buoy Embraer’s sales outlook for the rest of this year, it hardly assuaged concerns among financial analysts about the fact that the manufacturer’s airliner backlog had dropped to its lowest level in six years by the en
Today Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 to go to a mainland China customer, Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Investment Group. Since the first delivery of a Legacy 600 in Greater China in 2004, Embraer has booked firm orders for 28 executive jets in this market, 15 of which were written last year. The company forecasts Chinese demand for 635 executive jets from all manufacturers in the coming 10 years.
UK-based ConnectJets has launched Jet Card Europe as an occupied-hours, all-inclusive block charter program that incorporates a loyalty plan through which members can earn free flight hours and other benefits. Clients can join by signing up for 25 hours or more per year and earn one free flight hour for every 50 hours flown.
The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive for the Embraer EMB-135 and -145 as a result of a lightning strike that hit an airplane tail boom, causing rear bulkhead parts to jam an elevator control rod. The AD requires installing or reworking metallic diverters and aluminum sheets; modifying the lights assembly on the rear movable fairing of the tail boom; and replacing the hood assembly and rerouting its electrical harness.
Embraer released its second-quarter results this morning and the Brazilian OEM’s executive jets division showed a relatively healthy jump in deliveries from 13 in the first quarter to 20 in the second. The overall improvement in the company’s total second-quarter revenues, from $1.155 billion in the first quarter to $1.717 billion in the second, is no less attributable to the jump in airliner deliveries, from 21 in the first quarter to 35 in the second.
While today’s announcement of a firm order for six E190s from Venezuela’s Conviasa Airlines might have helped buoy Embraer’s general outlook, the deal hardly assuaged concerns among financial analysts over an airliner backlog that at the end of the second quarter has shrunk to nearly half its peak value of $21.6 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2008.