Embraer in the space of just 12 months has extended its range of business aircraft with three new jets. The announcement of its family of Phenom jets in May 2005 marked a new phase in the company’s strategy since it launched the Legacy 600 super mid-size executive jet in 2000.
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This is Mauricio Botelho’s last Farnborough International show as chief executive of Embraer. Next April he will hand over the reins to an as yet unnamed successor, before assuming the position of chairman for a two-year term and then retiring from the Brazilian airframer, having presided over a remarkable transformation of the group’s fortunes.
Brazil’s Embraer passes another critical milestone in its meteoric development this month with EASA certification of the largest of its four-member family of E-Jets, the 108- to 118-seat Embraer 195. Although it marks the formal market introduction of the last airliner project on Embraer’s research and development ledger, the approval by no means signals the end of the company’s work in the commercial realm, or even on this series.
Houston-based regional airline ExpressJet announced here at NBAA’06 that it planned to open a new division to fly corporate charter services using 10 Embraer ERJ 145XRs scheduled for removal from its Continental Express feeder network. Plans call for the new unit, called ExpressJet Corporate Aviation, to start operations in December and absorb all 10 ERJ 145s by next May.
Embraer today said Houston-based Magnum Jet has placed an order for 50 Phenom 100s, with options for another 50 Phenom 100s and/or 300s. The start-up company plans to offer “a turnkey ownership and comprehensive management program for very light jet owners and will operate…air limousine service for regional travel.” Magnum Jet is scheduled to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 in early 2009.
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.
Northwest Airlines last month split an order for 72 regional jets between Embraer and Bombardier. The contracts, still subject to approval by a U.S. bankruptcy court, call for delivery of 36 E175s and 36 CRJ900s, both of which would arrive in dual-class, 76-seat configuration. Northwest plans to award the Embraer jets to its new Compass Airlines subsidiary.
Houston-based Magnum Jet has placed an order for 50 Embraer Phenom 100s, with options for another 50 Phenom 100s and/or 300s. The startup company plans to offer “a turnkey ownership and comprehensive management program for very light jet owners and will operate air limousine service for regional travel.” Magnum Jet is scheduled to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 in early 2009.
Embraer expected to win Brazilian certification of its new 78- to 86-seat 175 soon after AIN went to press last month, marking the official introduction of the second aircraft of Embraer’s four-member series of jets ranging from 70 to 108 seats in capacity.
An-148–The first Ukrainian airplane built with CAD-CAM technology continues to defy the odds, and not only in a technical sense. The only aircraft built in the former Soviet Union without direct public funding, the 70-seat An-148 flew for the first time on December 17 in the midst of the Orange Revolution, raising a symbol of stability in a country rocked by political unrest.