Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer plans to appeal a local labor court’s decision that set March 13 as the official date for the start of the company’s layoffs, a company spokesperson told AIN today. Embraer also said it will appeal the court’s use of the word “abusive” in its characterization of the company’s actions.
Embraer will remove an entire layer of its management structure as part of a plan to lay off 20 percent of its 21,362-strong workforce, the company announced on February 19. In a prepared statement, Embraer said it would concentrate the cuts in production and administration areas, while it keeps the “significant majority” of the engineering workforce to continue new product and technology development.
Brazilian OEM Embraer has signed a contract with the Brazilian government to supply two E190 airliners for government transport. The two twinjets will be configured with a secure communication system, head-of-state executive chambers and a total seating capacity for 40. Auxiliary fuel tanks will give the aircraft non-stop range from the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, to any destination in South America.
Lider Aviação, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is investing $7 million in a new hangar at the Jacarepaguá Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The 45,000-square-foot facility is slated to be completed later this year and will house a factory-approved Bell and Helibrás/Eurocopter service center.
Former Embraer president and CEO Mauricio Botelho was honored at the opening general session of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in August as the Brazilian Emeritus Aviation Personality. Botelho accepted the award on behalf of the company for which he assumed responsibility in 1995. The year before, Embraer had recorded losses of $330 million on revenues of just $250 million.
If your FBO has a runway on one side and a major highway on the other, and you can’t buy or lease the space on either side, what do you do to expand your hangar accommodations? Aroldo Cardoso, president of Premier Aéreo, adjacent to Runway 17 at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, picked the only other direction–down. By early next year, Premier Aéreo will have completed work on a new 161,400-sq-ft hangar under the existing FBO facility.
Brazil’s Departmento de Controle do Escaço Aéreo (DECEA, Department of Airspace Control) has decided to deploy Jeppesen’s total airspace and airport modeler (TAAM) software at its newly created simulator laboratory in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil. Jeppesen will provide advice and user support to ensure DECEA receives the full benefit from its investment. This includes installation, commission, system testing and training.
Forty years after the first flight of the prototype twin-turboprop Bandeirante (designed by Frenchman Max Holste, who also designed the Broussard, France’s equivalent of the DHC-2 Beaver), Embraer celebrated the airplane that launched the company into the aerospace industry.
According to Melbourne (Fla.) Airport officials, Embraer (Booth No. 5073) is planning a December groundbreaking ceremony for its new $50 million, 149,500-sq-ft Phenom 100/300 final assembly and completions facility in Melbourne. It is scheduled to be operational in 2010 and will complement Embraer’s Phenom final assembly and completions complex in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil.
Before last month’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), organizers were forecasting the largest show to date. They were not disappointed.