Embraer has announced a string of orders this week here at Farnborough International 2014, for a total of 158 regional jets (if all options were exercised). The most prominent one came from Trans States Holdings, the parent company of Trans States Airlines, Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines, for 50 E175-E2 airliners, plus an option for an additional 50. Its first E175 is expected to enter service in 2020.
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Embraer Executive Jets’ Legacy 650 recently received type certification from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, paving the way for customer Premiair to put the aircraft into service. With the approval, all in-production Embraer Executive Jets are now certified in this country. When Premiair takes delivery of two Legacy 650s it has on order, the Indonesian charter operator will have eight Embraer jets in its fleet.
Signature Flight Support launched its sixth Signature TechnicAir yesterday, at Washington Dulles International Airport, and announced the certification of its newest facility as an Embraer authorized service center for the full line of Embraer business jets. Signature Flight Support recently purchased the assets of Sun Aircraft Services, which was a long-term MRO provider and tenant at Signature’s Dulles location before the acquisition.
Embraer and Minsheng Financial Leasing, a subsidiary of China Minsheng Banking, signed a “strategic cooperation” agreement. The agreement will create financing opportunities for selling Embraer executive jets to China and the international market, and allow the two firms to promote executive aviation in China.
Embraer is opening its first wholly owned subsidiary in China. Embraer China Aircraft Technical Services (ECA) will be based in Beijing and the company estimates the project will cost about $18 million. Embraer has had a presence in China since May 2000, when it opened an office in Beijing as a first step toward eventually establishing a technical services facility.
Embraer announced strategic customer support enhancements in the Asia Pacific region. According to the Brazilian airframer, all parts and logistics support for Embraer commercial and business aircraft in the region will be managed from the regional distribution center in Singapore.
Embraer has signed a variety of agreements for regional jet support with customers across the world. A five-year flight-hour pool program with Dniproavia Airlines of the Ukraine, Athens Airways and Spain’s Andalus Lineas Aereas covers the support of 17 ERJ 145 twinjets (11, four and two, respectively), while a similar agreement with NIKI Luftfahrt of Austria provides for the present E-190, which will be joined by another four aircraft.
Embraer yesterday announced the conversion of options and purchase rights for several E-Jets into firm orders. The approximate value of the new business is $360 million.
Embraer had to scrap plans to bring one of its new 70-seat regional jets to display at the ERA assembly in a bid to catch up on slight technical delays in its certification program. This process is now expected to be complete about three months later than planned, with launch customer Swiss due to receive its first Embraer 170 next August.
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