Embraer is breaking into the business jet big league with the launch here at the EBACE show today of the new Lineage 1000 jet derived from its 190 regional airliner. The development of the $40.95 million large-cabin model was approved by the airframer’s board of directors last week on April 25 and the aircraft is expected to enter service during 2008.
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Eaton (Hall 4 Stand F12) has been selected by Embraer to provide five packages for Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet. These include the hydraulic power generation package, design of the aircraft’s flap system and landing gear control hydraulic components. It will also supply miscellaneous cockpit controls including the throttle, landing gear and flap selectors.
The first Dassault Falcon 7X is earmarked for delivery to the French group’s patriach Serge Dassault at the beginning of April 2007 in time for his 82nd birthday. The French senator will take delivery of the first of the “more than 85” trijets currently on order–not on behalf of Dassault Aviation, the group of which he is the main shareholder–but as a private customer.
Highlighting the rising demand for business jets in Europe, Bombardier Aerospace yesterday announced sales for its two newest models, the Challenger 605 and Learjet 60XR. Developed as replacements for existing models, the airplanes included in the deals are slated for delivery to operators in Austria and Eastern Europe.
Research carried out in the field of supersonic transport within the European Commission’s 6th Research Framework Program (FP6) has come into the spotlight recently since Italy’s Alenia and Russian design bureau Sukhoi concluded a cooperation agreement.
Dassault’s plans for a supersonic business jet are still pretty much alive. The French manufacturer is leading a European research project called Hisac, which stands for hi-speed aircraft. Three families are being studied. Shown on the pictures below are the three configurations partner Sukhoi is studying in the low-boom (differential pressure below 15 Pa) family.
During an investor conference yesterday, Embraer senior v-p of executive jets Luis Carlos Affonso predicted that his company is positioned to benefit from the expected growth in the business aviation market. Last year 749 business jets were delivered, he said, and by 2015 that number is forecast to be 1,100, about one-quarter of which will be very light jets.
Gulfstream appears to be off to a good start in meeting its projection to deliver this year 72 or 73 “large aircraft” (G350s, G450s, G500s and G550s). According to Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics, “We had orders for more aircraft, both in units and dollars, than we had in the year-ago quarter.” Gulfstream delivered 18 large aircraft in the first quarter compared with 14 in the same period last year.
Despite lack of near-term availability, Cessna received orders for 111 Citations in the first quarter compared with 73 in the first quarter of last year. This quarter’s numbers include 41 aircraft from two fleet operators. “Nonetheless, the remaining orders for 70 aircraft were more than we had expected,” according to Lewis Campbell, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna parent Textron.
Mubadala Development, an investment company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, has acquired 35 percent of Italy’s Piaggio Aero, manufacturer of the Avanti II turboprop twin. “The transaction is founded on a shared belief by the two parties that the business aviation segment will continue to expand significantly over the foreseeable future,” Piaggio officials said.