Embraer last week formally responded to Turkey’s request for proposals for a new military trainer, offering its Super Tucano for a requirement expected to result in 36 firm orders and 19 options. The Brazilian jet has also been technically approved for Singapore’s trainer RFP with this bidding process due to be finalized by the end of July, ahead of the final commercial and financial proposals.
Thales is demonstrating its “world first” regional aircraft in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for the first time here at Farnborough International on the Embraer 190.
The Top Series i-4500 IFE installation is claimed to be unique in that the IFE server is located in the rear of the aircraft instead of under passenger seats, saving considerable space.
Taipei’s Mandarin Airlines is to lease three Embraer Model 190 and five Model 195 regional jets from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). The aircraft will be configured in 104- and 116-seat single-class layouts, respectively.
During an investor conference yesterday, Embraer senior v-p of executive jets Luis Carlos Affonso predicted that his company is positioned to benefit from the expected growth in the business aviation market. Last year 749 business jets were delivered, he said, and by 2015 that number is forecast to be 1,100, about one-quarter of which will be very light jets.
Embraer, which is already developing two new light jets, announced on the eve of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that starts tomorrow in Geneva, that it is breaking into the bizliner market with the launch of the Lineage 1000. The $40-million jet, derived from Embraer’s ERJ 190 regional airliner, is expected to enter service in 2008.
Zurich-based startup JetBird announced it ordered 50 Phenom 100s, a very light jet under development by Embraer, for a planned European on-demand air taxi service. The $140-million contract includes an option to purchase 50 additional aircraft over five years and allows JetBird to convert its positions into either the four-passenger Phenom 100 or the nine-passenger Phenom 300, a light jet also under development by Embraer.
Embraer yesterday announced that it sold its first Phenom business jets in the Middle East as part of a three-aircraft deal with Kuwaiti VIP charter operator United Aviation. The contract comprises a Phenom 100 and Phenom 300, as well as a single midsize Legacy 600. At list price, the sale would bring $33.1 million.
The receipt of a license to manufacture components may not always seem like a big deal, but for John Uczekaj, president and COO of the Nordam Group, his company’s recently obtained license to manufacture and repair bonded and structural components for the 1,400-strong worldwide fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 A/B/C/D fighters represents a significant step toward putting the company “on the trajectory to be in the billion-dollar [annual revenue]
Embraer in the space of just 12 months has extended its range of business aircraft with three new jets. The announcement of its family of Phenom jets in May 2005 marked a new phase in the company’s strategy since it launched the Legacy 600 super mid-size executive jet in 2000.
This is Mauricio Botelho’s last Farnborough International show as chief executive of Embraer. Next April he will hand over the reins to an as yet unnamed successor, before assuming the position of chairman for a two-year term and then retiring from the Brazilian airframer, having presided over a remarkable transformation of the group’s fortunes.