Every year since the start of the great economic downturn of 2008, the business aviation industry has watched business jet deliveries dwindle and searched for signs that the market might have finally hit bottom. The downward slide was finally arrested last year, according to year-end numbers released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. For the first time since 2008, worldwide deliveries of business jets were higher than the previous year, with manufacturers handing over 678 jets last year, six aircraft (1 percent) more than in 2012.
Embraer Phenom 300
Embraer delivered 119 executive jets worth $1.64 billion last year–up by 26 percent on 2012’s $1.29 billion–and nearly half of them (53) were handed over in the fourth quarter. The whole-year deliveries broke down as 90 light jets (60 Phenom 300s and 30 Phenom 100s) and 29 large jets (21 Legacy 600/650s and eight Lineage 1000/shuttles), and in the fourth quarter the tally was 38 light jets and 15 large jets.
Embraer Executive Jets (Chalet A7) is enjoying strong sales with a cumulative total of more than 630 sold in 50 countries to date, according to Colin Steven, the unit’s vice president of sales and marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We delivered 99 jets in both 2011 and 2012, despite the total market deliveries having dropped 6 percent in the same period,” he said.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for the Embraer Phenom 300. The Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, Brazil’s civil aviation authority, has issued an emergency AD stating cracks in the stator pressure plate of the brake assembly have been found that could lead to loss of brake parts on the runway, reduced braking capability and possible runway excursion. Corrective action requires an inspection for cracks, with repair or replacement as necessary.
Embraer plans to expand its current facilities at Melbourne International Airport, Fla., with the addition of a new assembly line for the Legacy 500/450. If approved by the appropriate authorities, construction of the new facility will begin next year.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has an assembly plant and paint facility for the Phenom 100 and 300 at the airport, as well as its customer center for executive aircraft.
The company is also constructing a new engineering and technology center, which will become part of Embraer’s Melbourne campus next year.
Embraer Executive Jets unveiled a new version of its flagship business jet–the Lineage 1000E–at this year’s NBAA convention. The E-model comes with extended range, an enhanced interior with the latest-generation cabin entertainment system, new cockpit options and a new external look.
Embraer’s third-quarter numbers were released today, and while deliveries of 25 executive jets are down by four airplanes from the previous quarter, it was a decided improvement over the 13 deliveries recorded in the third quarter last year. In the first nine months, Embraer shipped 66 business jets, 20 more than it did in the same period last year.
Embraer Executive Jets said yesterday that it will announce enhancements to its current business jet portfolio, including a “new version” of its Lineage 1000 bizliner, at the NBAA Convention next month in Las Vegas. In addition, the Brazilian manufacturer’s midsize Legacy 500 will make its NBAA debut at the static display at Las Vegas Henderson Executive Airport.
This week at LABACE 2013, Embraer has moved from its usual chalet near the show entrance to the other end of the static display ramp, where it has room for its entire line-up, including the Phenom 100 and 300, Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000, as well as the third Legacy 500 in the certification program and a Legacy 450 cabin mockup. The Legacy 500 is also making its LABACE debut.
At this tenth annual LABACE show, Embraer has moved from its usual chalet near the show entrance to the other end of the static display ramp, where it has room for one example of every airplane it has in production–the Lineage 1000, Legacy 650, Phenom 300 and Phenom 100–along with the third Legacy 500 in the certification program, as well as a Legacy 450 cabin mockup. The Legacy 500 is making its public debut in Brazil this week.
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