Prague-based business aviation group ABS Jets (Stand 775) debuted its new Embraer Legacy 650 aircraft to the Czech and Slovak markets during two open days at Prague’s Ruzyne Airport and MR Stefanik Airport, Bratislava, just before this week’s EBACE show. The two days gave ABS’s clients the opportunity to have a look at an almost complete fleet of Embraer’s executive jets in one place.
Russia, and the former Soviet republics surrounding it, remains a massive land of opportunity for business aviation. At the same time, for Westerners at least, much of this opportunity seems to remain blocked by a web of mystifying and frustrating bureaucracy that can make it practically impossible to operate business aircraft cost-effectively.
Czech-based aircraft management and charter operator ABS Jets is seeking to step up its ambitious expansion plans through negotiations with prospective Russian and Austrian partners. The company hopes to establish a new subsidiary in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, as well as a possible new operation in Kazakhstan. At the same time, ABS has been negotiating for a prospective tie-up with an FBO in Sofia, Bulgaria.
ABS Jets is ready to start supporting Embraer Legacy operators in the Middle East now that it has secured CAR 145 maintenance approval from the United Arab Emirates to provide base and line support for these aircraft. The Czech-based company, which operates six Legacys, will now be seeking the same approval from other Arabic states.
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Embraer has opened a service center dedicated exclusively to its executive
jets at its headquarters in São José dos Campos. “As promised at the last Labace, we have met our goal of delivering this new service center dedicated to executive aviation to our customers,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer vice president for customer support and services-executive jets. Since the facility opened late
Embraer last month officially opened a service center dedicated exclusively to executive jets at its headquarters in São José dos Campos. The company is offering a new support and services option especially for Latin American customers.
Embraer (Booth No. 7030) has named ABS Jets its authorized sales representative for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Founded in 2004, ABS Jets is an Embraer authorized service center and one largest Legacy 600 operators in Europe, with a fleet of six of the large-cabin executive jets.
In October 2006, the Embraer board of directors authorized expenditure of $100 million on customer support. At the same time, the Brazilian manufacturer announced an expansion of its Executive Jets authorized service network in the U.S. and Europe and said that by mid-2008 its customer support network would comprise seven wholly owned and 38 authorized service centers in all regions of the world.
Phenom and Legacy support will now be offered at two new members of the Embraer service center network: ABS Jets and Hawker Pacific.