A titanic battle appears to be shaping up in the 10,000-pound thrust segment of the aero engine market, where there is a need for powerplants to drive the coming super-midsize and large business jets, as well as smaller regional airliners.
Embraer Legacy 450
Watch for Embraer to announce “around NBAA Convention [September] time” one or maybe two new business jets–what it is calling a “mid-light” jet and a “midsize” jet. The new aircraft are aimed at the market segment between the company’s Phenom 300, a light jet scheduled to enter service in 2009, and the super-midsize Legacy 600, of which 100 have been delivered since shipments began in 2000.
Embraer’s corporate aviation division is preparing to present the business case for one or more new aircraft programs, with the hope of getting a development green light from the Brazilian group’s top management before the end of June.
Embraer has a Legacy 600 on display at Asian Aerospace for the first time. Yesterday the company capitalized on the occasion by announcing two more Legacy 600 business aircraft have been sold in the Asian market. Both aircraft will be delivered to customers in Indonesia this year–one to Jakarta-based PT Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua (Premiair) and the second to an undisclosed company.
Embraer has launched its new Executive Care program to support its fast-growing family of business aircraft. he initiative is a power-by-the-hour-style customer-support program designed to eliminate unpleasant surprises from the maintenance cost equation. Expanded from the Total Legacy Care program created for Legacy buyers, the new program fits a variety of operational profiles, offering greater flexibility, according to Embraer.
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.
Brazilian, U.S. and European aviation agencies have certified the hardware package supporting Inmarsat Swift64 high-speed-data service aboard Embraer’s Legacy business jet. The Brazilian manufacturer delivered the first Swift64-equipped Legacy in late July to a U.S. customer who ordered the airplane with cabin wireless technology for connecting multiple laptops.
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