Embraer’s numbering system for its existing models suggests current gaps in the line, and company chairman Mauricio Botelho, speaking in Manhattan last month after parking a Phenom 300 cabin mockup outside the New York Stock Exchange and ringing the opening bell, said the company will soon announce two more new business jets to plug gaps between the Phenom 300 light jet now under development and the Legacy 600 super-midsize, 80 of which are i
Embraer, a recent but aggressive entrant in business aviation, predicts that manufacturers will sell 9,680 new business jets during the next 10 years, representing an annual growth rate of 4.4 percent over current sales.
The 78- to 88-seat Embraer E175 earned its FAA certification last month, paving the way for deliveries to start in the U.S. Indianapolis-based Republic Airlines, still the only U.S. customer for the stretched-by-two-rows variant of the Embraer E170, plans to start accepting its order for 30 of the airplanes in an 86-seat configuration next year.
The recent buying frenzy for FBOs has reached at least one airline. ExpressJet Holdings, whose operations include a fleet of 255 Embraer regional jets operated as Continental Express, has purchased a non-controlling interest in Wing Aviation, an FBO, charter and refurbishment firm based in Conroe, Texas.
Embraer delivered 30 airplanes during this year’s second quarter, matching its output for the first three months but lagging well behind last year’s second-quarter total of 43. Deliveries between April 1 and June 30 included 15 ERJ 145s and 10 Embraer 170 regional jets, three Legacy business jets and two military variants of the 145 and Legacy.
The Canadian civil aviation authority on July 19 issued type certification for the Embraer 170 and 175, paving the way for first deliveries to Air Canada. Last year the Canadian flag carrier placed a firm order for fifteen 175s in a dual-class, 73-seat layout. The airline plans to start service with the Brazilian jets this month, followed by the first of 45 Embraer 190s in November.
Brazilian, U.S. and European aviation agencies have certified the hardware package supporting Inmarsat Swift64 high-speed-data service aboard Embraer’s Legacy business jet. The Brazilian manufacturer delivered the first Swift64-equipped Legacy in late July to a U.S. customer who ordered the airplane with cabin wireless technology for connecting multiple laptops.
Just months after announcing plans to manufacture two new business jets, Embraer has begun modifying its sales department to sharpen its focus on the executive aviation sector. Before making the modifications, the company had a single sales team for both the regional and executive jet markets; it will now have two sales teams, one dedicated to business aviation and the other to commercial aircraft sales.
Business jet passengers in the Asia-Pacific market will appreciate the generous cabin space Embraer’s Legacy offers, according to Guan Dongyuan, managing director of the Brazilian manufacturer’s Chinese joint venture.
Fractional operator Flight Options expanded its 75/25 program to include the Citation X and Embraer Legacy, in addition to the Hawker 400XP and 800XP. With the purchase of a single share, owners get 75 percent of occupied hours in one aircraft and the remaining 25 percent in another aircraft of their choice.