Air Works is India’s only exhibitor at this year’s EBACE show–perhaps surprising, given the high expectations for business aviation growth in that country and the fact that EBACE’s catchment area has been extending eastward in recent years.
In 2004, the entire Embraer business jet fleet consisted of a single airplane, the Legacy 600. A year later it rolled out the Lineage 1000, an executive version of the E190 airliner, and that same year unveiled plans for the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 and announced its goal of becoming a major player in the business aviation market.
Mumbai-based charter start-up Invision Air, which has started to take delivery of 12 Embraer Phenom 100s and 300s, has launched its Jet Card membership program, one of the first such schemes in India. While the program offers flexibility and a price advantage to regular flyers, it will benefit owners of private aircraft while their own aircraft undergo maintenance. Invision presently has two operational Phenom 100s in its fleet, and it expects to be flying its first Phenom 300 by year-end.
Honeywell has introduced an upgraded version of the Saber combustor for its HTF7000 series engine, which powers the Bombardier Challenger 300, Embraer Legacy 450/500 and Gulfstream G280. The Saber had already reduced emissions by 25 percent, and the company claims that the Saber2 will further reduce emissions while also increasing performance.
Led by AlmaDesign, a Brazilian/Portuguese consortium that included Brazilian airframer Embraer (Booth No. 741), hit the cabin design jackpot in March with its Project LIFE executive private jet cabin design, winning top prize in the “Visionary Concepts” category of the recent Crystal Cabin Awards in Hamburg, Germany.
When the Embraer announced the launch of its Embraer Executive Jets division in 2005 and its intent to become “a major player” in the crowded world of business jet manufacturing, eyebrows were raised and there was a certain amount of skepticism. After all, the ambitious Brazilian airframer had just unveiled its Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 entry-level and light jets, and its only business jet in service at the time was the Legacy 600, a 16-passenger aircraft derived from its ERJ 135 regional airliner.
Embraer Executive Jets (Stand 7041) is gradually moving its “center of gravity” from São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, to Melbourne, Florida, where it is building a new research and development center to join its existing facilities at Melbourne International Airport.
Jet Aviation has signed agreements with both Embraer and Bombardier to boost spare parts availability in its facility at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. By storing more parts at the Russian capital’s busiest business aviation airport, The company said it aims to minimize aircraft downtime during AOG circumstances by ensuring a broad selection of spares are on-site and immediately available to operators when needed.
Prague-based aircraft charter and management provider ABS Jets recorded its best-ever revenues in 2011, breaking the CZK1 billion ($51 million) barrier for the first time. While this represents an increase of 2 percent over the previous year, gross profits increased by 23 percent compared to 2010, to CZK44 million ($2.25 million).
Evolution may a debatable process in theological terms, but Brazilian business jet manufacturer Embraer embraces it wholeheartedly as part of cabin technology and amenities, said Mariana Santos, Embraer Executive Jets head of product strategy for the Legacy 600/650 programs.