Embraer’s first Lineage 1000 executive jet is making a debut here at the Dubai Airshow, six months after it was delivered to launch customer Aamer Abdul Jalil al Fahim of Abu Dhabi at the EBACE show in Geneva in May. Eight more of the new $42.9 million airliner-class twinjets are set to be delivered to customers in the Middle East–almost half of the 20 orders placed to date.
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Embraer’s plans for the new Legacy 650 signal that the Brazilian airframer is not cowering during the recession but continuing to look ahead at promising market niches that it can fill. The Legacy 650 is based on the ERJ-135 regional jet platform
but has new wings, Honeywell Primus Elite avionics and new 9,020-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce AE3007A2 engines.
Looking ahead to an economic recovery, and to fulfilling its stated intention to become a major player in the business aviation industry, Embraer provided one of
the surprises at the NBAA Convention last month by introducing a new business jet–the large-cabin Legacy 650.
Embraer began site preparation last month at Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport for a $51 million aircraft assembly and delivery center. A ceremonial ground-breaking was held for the 150,000-sq-ft plant in January, and its design received governmental approvals in May.
Embraer delivered British Airways’ first 76-seat Embraer E170 on September 3, marking the start of a schedule that calls for delivery at a rate of roughly one airplane a month. Assigned to its CityFlyer regional subsidiary, BA’s orders encompass six E170s and five 98-seat E190s, the first of which it plans to take “early next year.” BA planned to launch E170 operations on September 28 from London City Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland.
Embraer on Tuesday announced that it delivered 56 aircraft during the second quarter, including 35 regional airliners and 21 executive jets. Broken down by model, the executive jet side delivered 15 Phenom 100s (including two to an unidentified defense customer, presumably for VIP transport), five Legacy 600s and one Lineage 1000.
Embraer ERJ 145, Kemi, Finland, Dec. 11, 2008–The regional jetliner, operated
by Finnish Commuter Airlines, sustained minor damage to its tailcone after the auxiliary power unit caught fire while taxiing after landing at Kemi-Tornio Airport. The two pilots, one crewmember and 22 passengers were uninjured. The incident is being investigated by the accident investigation board of Finland.
Embraer has signed a variety of agreements for regional jet support with customers across the world. A five-year flight-hour pool program with Dniproavia Airlines of the Ukraine, Athens Airways and Spain’s Andalus Lineas Aereas covers the support of 17 ERJ 145 twinjets (11, four and two, respectively), while a similar agreement with NIKI Luftfahrt of Austria provides for the present E-190, which will be joined by another four aircraft.
Embraer yesterday announced the conversion of options and purchase rights for several E-Jets into firm orders. The approximate value of the new business is $360 million.
Embraer has received a $1.3 billion contract to design and deliver a new military transport, called the KC-390. The Brazilian air force set the requirements and expects the aircraft to enter service in 2015, with the delivery of two prototypes.