“We remain positive about continuing growth of the Brazilian economy, as well as that of all Latin America,” said Embraer vice president of sales for Latin America Breno Corrêa, discussing the debut of the company’s Lineage 1000 this week.
The Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) continues to grow, and next week’s show, to be held from August 15 to 17 in São Paulo, Brazil, will be the biggest and best yet, according to the sponsoring Aviação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag).
Embraer recently added hot-and-high approval to an expanding list of operational capabilities of its Lineage 1000.
The high-altitude takeoff and landing operation tests were completed in February with approvals granted in March by both Brazil’s ANAC and the FAA. The certification allows operation at airports as hot and high as La Paz, Bolivia, where the elevation is 13,357 feet msl and the temperature in January, during summer in the southern hemisphere, can top 110-degrees F. The new performance capability will be offered as an option, initially to Brazilian and U.S. operators.
Dassault has designed and installed a shower in the aft cabin section of a Falcon 7X, a challenging job despite the large size of the business jet. For certification, the manufacturer’s engineers demonstrated that a water overflow would not affect critical equipment. In addition, designers had to find space for the water tank, heater and redundant pumps. This required the bulkhead to be moved forward, prompting the need for a new cabin layout. In the shower, the passenger can either stand or sit down and use a showerhead or the “rain sky” ceiling.
Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 bizliner to a Chinese customer (identity undisclosed) on December 22. “The first Lineage 1000 delivered to the Greater China Region…is an important milestone for the company’s presence in this market,” said Embraer China president Guan Dongyuan. The bizliner has a range of 4,500 nm, allowing it to fly nonstop from Beijing to Dubai or from Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia, with four passengers and NBAA IFR fuel reserves.
Comlux The Aviation Group will be the launch customer for the first Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ), an executive version of the Superjet 100 regional airliner.
Embraer received type certification for its Lineage 1000 bizliner from India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This certification complements existing approvals for the aircraft from Brazil’s national civil aviation agency (ANAC), the EASA and the FAA. With a range of up to 4,500 nm, the Lineage 1000 can connect India’s main hubs of Mumbai and New Delhi with Shanghai and Beijing, China; Dubai; and major cities in Europe.
The single-aisle and widebody bizliner completion business is gaining traction on a global scale, and with new-aircraft sales by Airbus and Boeing on the rise, available slots for the highly specialized task of outfitting these large private aircraft could fill quickly, leaving some owners with a green airplane and no place to have it completed.
Rizon Jet will manage and operate a new Airbus Corporate Jetliner for an undisclosed Aranian Gulf customer. The A319 ACJ is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of next year and the completion, to be done at AMAC Aerospace's Basel, Switzerland headquarters, will be finished in the third quarter of 2012. The owner has selected Andrew Winch Design of London to design the ACJ's interior.
Bizliner Aviation has been formed to specialize in client and vendor support for owners and operators of bizliners, namely Boeing and Airbus single-aisle and widebodies, as well as others such as the Embraer Lineage. Currently there are more than 200 bizliners in service worldwide, with existing orders for more than 60 new aircraft, according to Bizliner Aviation’s director of aviation, Rodney Cook.