ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China has moved into a new maintenance facility on the west side of Tianjin Binhai International Airport, China. The facility, which was recently audited by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, offers a new 62,400-sq-ft building with 29,000 sq ft of hangar space, as well as 71,000 sq ft of dedicated apron.
Morale among industry visitors to last month’s 14th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) seemed conclusively higher than it has been for much of the past half dozen or so years, blighted as they have been by a stilted recovery from the financial crisis of 2008.
Embraer Executive Jets has brought five aircraft to Geneva for the EBACE show as the company continues to expand its business aviation portfolio. The ultra-large Lineage 1000E is making its show debut, sporting a new interior among other enhancements that include options for autoland and an enhanced vision system. While the midsize Legacy 500 made its EBACE debut last year, it is the first time that show-goers can see it with a fully fitted cabin interior.
The impending service entry of Embraer’s Legacy 450s and 500s is set to complete the Brazilian manufacturer’s product portfolio–a sort of bridge of options connecting the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets with the larger Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000 models. During a pre-EBACE press visit to its São José dos Campos headquarters last month AIN found Embraer’s management in a confident mood, despite the fact that the overall fortunes of the business aviation market still seem somewhat mixed.
Embraer delivered 20 business jets during the first quarter of this year, compared with just 12 during the same period a year earlier.
The 66-percent increase in deliveries in the company’s executive jet business accompanied an increase in its overall, firm-order backlog from $18.2 billion to $19.2 billion during the quarter, driven mainly by a firm for 50 E2 E-Jets to India’s Air Costa during February’s Singapore Airshow. The business jet sales tally included three Phenom 100s, 14 Phenom 300s, two Legacy 650s and a single Lineage 1000.
The People’s Republic of China government has done much to make China more “executive aviation friendly,” according to Embraer Executive Jets. But obstacles remain to business aviation growth, said the Brazilian manufacturer.
Embraer expects to sell 295 business jets worth $13.5 billion over the next 10 years in the Middle East. According to the Brazilian manufacturer, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates now account for 61 percent of the active fleet in the region.
“The Middle East fleet is younger than the world average and accounts for 2 percent of the world’s total business jet fleet, equivalent to 360 aircraft,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “If including commercial jets, an Embraer airplane takes off every five minutes in the Middle East.”
Embraer says the slowdown in the Indian economy has done little to stop its strong business aircraft sales in the country. India is the first country from the Asia Pacific region to have a complete portfolio of Embraer aircraft, ranging from the Phenom 100 very light jet to the large-cabin Lineage 1000.
FlightSafety International (FSI) received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Embraer Legacy 500 maintenance training program on February 21. Embraer Executive Jets factory and authorized service center personnel are already receiving training on the under-development Legacy 500, and FSI will begin providing training services to operators of the new jet immediately following its certification.
Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), the largest operator at Al Bateen Executive Airport, has signed a strategic agreement with Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) to build a VVIP completions and MRO facility at Dubai World Central, paving the way for base operations at the new airport when the facilities are ready.
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