Embraer Executive Jets is making a splash here in Las Vegas, having brought its entire industry-spanning product line to the static display, including its new Legacy 500, which is making its first North American show appearance, and the Lineage 1000E extended-range version of its fleet flagship, which is sporting the manufacturer’s new branded paint scheme.
Embraer Executive Jets unveiled a new version of its flagship business jet–the Lineage 1000–today at the NBAA convention. The 1000 E-model comes with extended range, an enhanced interior with the latest-generation cabin entertainment system and new cockpit options.
Embraer’s third-quarter numbers were released today, and while deliveries of 25 executive jets are down by four airplanes from the previous quarter, it was a decided improvement over the 13 deliveries recorded in the third quarter last year. In the first nine months, Embraer shipped 66 business jets, 20 more than it did in the same period last year.
Embraer Executive Jets said yesterday that it will announce enhancements to its current business jet portfolio, including a “new version” of its Lineage 1000 bizliner, at the NBAA Convention next month in Las Vegas. In addition, the Brazilian manufacturer’s midsize Legacy 500 will make its NBAA debut at the static display at Las Vegas Henderson Executive Airport.
Embraer Executive Jets anticipates demand for 805 business jets over the next decade, according to its China Executive Aviation Market Outlook 2014-2023, released on Tuesday at the Chinese International Business Aviation Show in Shanghai. The outlook, which is based on “comprehensive studies of the country’s economic scenario,” added that large-cabin business jets represent about 51 percent of future demand, accounting for 78 percent of total value of deliveries.
Total GA airplane billings in the first half of the year reached $10.4 billion, an increase of more than 25 percent over the same period last year, according to statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The tally marks the first time since 2008 that the industry revenue has exceeded $10 billion in the first half of the year.
The first Embraer Legacy 650 super-midsize built in China completed its maiden flight yesterday. It was assembled by Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI), the joint venture between Embraer and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) that previously manufactured EMB-145 regional jets upon which the Legacy is based.
Prime Fraction Club, whose members buy shares in high-end boats and automobiles as well as aircraft, has added a new six-passenger AgustaWestland AW109 Grand to its fleet, which now features 10 helicopters. The pricing structure for the fractional ownership program offers one-quarter shares in an AW109S Grand at a buy-in cost of R$3.56 million ($1.55 million), in addition to a fixed monthly fee of R$34,724 ($15,074) for maintenance, hangar space and other costs.
This week at LABACE 2013, Embraer has moved from its usual chalet near the show entrance to the other end of the static display ramp, where it has room for its entire line-up, including the Phenom 100 and 300, Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000, as well as the third Legacy 500 in the certification program and a Legacy 450 cabin mockup. The Legacy 500 is also making its LABACE debut.
Business aviation’s hopes for the famous BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were somewhat dented last year by mixed economic fortunes across the board, but they continue to be the focus of long-term optimism.