Embraer today said Houston-based Magnum Jet has placed an order for 50 Phenom 100s, with options for another 50 Phenom 100s and/or 300s. The start-up company plans to offer “a turnkey ownership and comprehensive management program for very light jet owners and will operate…air limousine service for regional travel.” Magnum Jet is scheduled to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 in early 2009.
The much-anticipated very light jet (VLJ) air-taxi market is beginning to take shape with operators gearing up for the start of service in the eastern U.S. and Europe. VLJ fractional ownership companies also have been formed in Canada and California, a sure sign that the era of the VLJ is about to begin in earnest.
According to ExcelAire, the Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based charter company whose Embraer Legacy 600 was involved in the midair collision with a 737 over Brazil on September 29, a court in Brazil has issued a preliminary order, the purpose of which is to “render inalienable” any assets of ExcelAire that may be located in Brazil. “The practical effect of the order is limited to preventing the sale of the damaged Legacy jet,” according to the company.
Boeing 737-8EH and Embraer EMB 135BJ Legacy 600, Peixoto Azevedo, Brazil, Sept. 29, 2006–Legacy N600XL, operated by ExcelAire, was involved in a midair collision with GOL Flight 1907, a Boeing 737, at about 37,000 feet. The Embraer landed at Cachimbo Air Base; none of the seven people aboard was injured. The 737, en route to Brasilia, crashed in the jungle and all six crew members and 149 passengers were killed.
Honeywell jump-started its 2006 NBAA Convention appearance by announcing a series of customer support initiatives as the Orlando gathering began. The initiatives are designed to simplify internal processes and improve customer service.
Aerospace Products International announced that it will open a 172,000-sq-ft facility in Southaven, Miss. The location is approximately three miles from the Memphis International Airport and the FedEx hub. API will consolidate four of its warehouse facilities into a recently completed distribution center developed by Industrial Developments International (IDI) early next year.
The Battle Creek, Mich. facility of Duncan Aviation recently christened its newest paint hangar with the completion of a Falcon 2000. The new 19,200-sq-ft hangar adds 40 slots to the facility’s annual paint capacity. It incorporates the latest airflow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms, and was designed to accommodate multiple aircraft at once by using a two-zone airflow system.
Embraer has tapped DeCrane Aircraft to complete the interiors of its new Lineage 1000 large executive jet. The two companies announced the deal here yesterday. Under the agreement, key interior components such as seating, furniture and entertainment systems will also be supplied by DeCrane. Embraer announced the $40.95 million aircraft, based on its EMB 190 large regional jetliner, in May.
The VLJ juggernaut showed no sign of slowing as Embraer landed another firm order for its line of very light jets, this time from Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair for 20 Phenom 100s. Avantair CEO Steven Santo said he plans to accept delivery of the first airplane in June 2009, and take the balance of the order over the span of about two years. Embraer expects the Phenom 100 to earn FAA certification in mid-2008.
Production line snags have forced Embraer to reduce its delivery forecast this year from 145 to 135, the company revealed last month.