Brazilian airframer Embraer reported that it delivered 27 executive and corporate shuttle versions of its Legacy 600 last year, more than double the 13 aircraft shipped in 2004 and seven more than delivered in 2005. Legacy 600 deliveries have grown steadily since Embraer handed over the first three aircraft to customers in 2000.
Embraer Phenom 100
At a ceremony today, Embraer president and CEO Mauricio Botehlo and senior vice president Luis Carlos Affonso pulled the wraps off full-scale mockups of the company’s very light and light jets to reveal their names–the Phenom 100 and 300, respectively. Yesterday, Embraer disclosed it had selected the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system for the airplanes, both of which will be certified for single-pilot operations.
Cessna, Eclipse and Adam Aircraft are all confident that their respective very light jets will be certified this year. According to Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton, the Citation Mustang is on track for FAA approval in the fall, though he hinted that the VLJ could get its papers a little earlier.
Embraer is extending the $2.75 million introductory price to May 31 for the Phenom 100, its offering in the growing very light jet segment. The price of the eight-seat, 1,160-nm (four occupants) Phenom 100 increases to $2.85 million on June 1. First flight is scheduled for the first quarter of next year, with entry into service expected in mid-2008.
Embraer has chosen Stevens Aviation to provide factory-approved maintenance and product support for its new Phenom 100 very light and Phenom 300 light jets. Stevens also provides factory-authorized service for Bombardier, Grob, Piaggio, Raytheon and Sino Swearingen aircraft and is authorized as an FAR 145 repair station to provide service for Citations and other civil aircraft.
Brazilian business jet and regional airline manufacturer Embraer estimates 11,115 business jets will be delivered over the next 10 years and that 2,500 to 3,000 will be very light jets (VLJ) for the air-taxi market. Among the models under development at Embraer is the Phenom 100 VLJ for entry into service in the middle of next year.
Embraer has named Premier Air Center/West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction and Dallas locations factory-authorized service centers for the new Embraer Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. Under the terms of the agreement, the Colorado and Dallas locations will be authorized to perform warranty repairs
on both models.
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’s European unveiling of its Phenom 100 very light and 300 light jet full-scale cabin mockups here yesterday provided a platform for the Phenom’s fleet launch customer, start-up charter operator JetBird of Zurich, to announce the launch of its low-cost service.
HighTech Finishing (Booth No. 1379) last year had its best 12 months since 2001. The Texas company, which supplies decorative plating for aircraft interior fittings, attributes this strong performance to demand for new aircraft as well as increased activity in refurbishment of older aircraft.