– Embraer has named the Riyadh-based Al Saif Group as its authorized sales representative (ASR) in Saudi Arabia. The Group, which is one of the most respected and trusted names in the Saudi business world, will be selling the entire line of Embraer Executive Jets products.
“We welcome the Al Saif Group as Embraer’s sales representative in Saudi Arabia,” said Colin Steven, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Europe, Africa, and Middle East – Executive Jets. “Our commitment is to work together to continue effectively offering our executive jet portfolio to customers in this region, with all of its innovation, comfort, high performance, and luxury.”
Embraer’s Executive Jets portfolio consists of six aircraft: Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450, Legacy 500, Legacy 600, and Lineage 1000, from the entry level, light, midlight, midsize, super midsize, and ultra-large categories, respectively. These aircraft offer cabin sizes and ranges that are well-suited to the most diverse demands, allowing for greater work productivity and offering better usage of valuable travel time with comfort and privacy.
“Our partnerships with world-class brands demonstrate the ethos of our group,” said Khalifa Abdulmohsin Al Saif, Chairman of the Al Saif Group. “It is a pleasure to find in Embraer the values and pursuit of excellence that we desire in a business partner. Embraer Executive Jets will help us to continue our sustained growth.”
About the Al Saif Group
The highly respected Al Saif Group was founded by Khalifa Abdulmohsin Al Saif, in 1985. Its well-managed portfolio of ten companies, all registered in Saudi Arabia, covers ten divisions, ranging from real estate and investments, through communications, surveillance, healthcare and medical supplies, to automotive, heavy equipment, military and security.
The Group’s investments focus on emerging markets, innovative initiatives, and growth companies, making it a major player in the international business world. In a global age, where information moves at “the speed of thought”, it is paramount that change be managed intelligently. Today, the Al Saif Group manages assets in excess of US$ 950 million.
About Embraer’s Executive Jets
The Phenom 100 can accommodate up to eight occupants and has seven interior options designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Its range of 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Miami, in the U.S., from London to Rome, in Europe, or from Brisbane to Melbourne, in Australia. The jet was certified in December 2008, and proved to be the fastest and to have the largest baggage capacity in its category. The Phenom 100 has the latest in cockpit design and a private aft lavatory as one of its most competitive features.
The Phenom 300 accommodates up to ten occupants in a spacious and pleasant interior, also designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Swept wings, with winglets, and modern onboard systems were developed with outstanding flight performance in mind. A single refueling port, an externally serviced lavatory, and excellent cabin pressurization are some of the jet’s distinctive features. The Phenom 300 is one of the fastest aircraft in the light category, reaching 518 mph (833 km/h, or 450 knots – KTAS), at an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). Its range of 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Dallas, in the U.S., from London to Athens, in Europe, or from Delhi, in India, to Dubai.
Launched in 2008, the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 are medium-sized executive jets that set a new paradigm in their respective categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, offering unequaled comfort and style. These aircraft will have the largest cabin and the best acoustical insulation in their classes. A flat-floor, stand-up (six-foot) cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, complementing their superior performance and low operating costs.
The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line FusionTM avionics system will provide extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. The HTF7500E state-of-the- art engines, manufactured by Honeywell, incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance requirements with improved efficiency, in terms of fuel consumption, facilitated maintenance, low operating costs, and reduced noise and pollution emissions, thus lessening their environmental impact. The jets will be the fastest in their categories and the only ones equipped with the cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The Legacy 450 is being designed to carry up to nine passengers. It will have a range of 2,300 nautical miles (4,260 km) with four passengers, or 2,200 nautical miles (4,070 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet will be able to fly nonstop from Delhi (India) to Dubai or Hong Kong, or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).
The Legacy 500 will carry up to nine passengers. It is being designed for a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km) with four passengers, or 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves. These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from New York to Los Angeles, in the U.S., or from Moscow (Russia) to Mumbai (India).
The Legacy 600 can carry 14 passengers in comfort and privacy, with three distinct cabin zones. In the standard configuration, the refined interior offers leather seats, sofa, credenza, and tables for meals or meetings. The airplane also has a spacious galley for preparing hot and cold meals, an ample aft lavatory, wardrobes, cabinets, and an entertainment system with DVD and satellite communication. Optional High-Speed Data (HSD) equipment and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technology enable customers to browse the Internet, access e-mails, and transfer files during trips, providing a better use of time, increased work productivity, and more entertainment options.
The aircraft has a large baggage compartment, which is easily accessible during flight, with a total capacity of 286 cubic feet (8.1 cubic meters or 8,100 liters). The airplane’s cruising speed is Mach 0.80. It has a range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) with eight passengers, or 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet can fly nonstop from Los Angeles (U.S.) to Honolulu (Hawaii), from Delhi (India) or Singapore to Tokyo (Japan), or from Shanghai (China) to Delhi. More than 160 Legacy 600 jets presently operate in 24 countries, with high rates of dispatch reliability and low operating costs.
The Lineage 1000 is Embraer’s largest executive jet and can carry 19 passengers in five cabin zones. It has a range of 4,400 nautical miles (8,149 km) with eight passengers, or 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet is able to fly nonstop from Singapore to Sydney (Australia), or from Dubai to Johannesburg (South Africa). The interior design gives priority to comfort and refinement, and was designed in conjunction with Priestman Goode, from the U.K.. The cabin, outfitted by PATS Aircraft Completions, a division of De Crane Aerospace, located in the United States, uses the category’s most sophisticated materials. The great variety of configurations meets all passenger requirements with enough space to work, rest, and hold meetings. Optional items include Wi-Fi technology, access to the Internet, and Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). An ample aft baggage compartment, pressurized and conveniently accessible during flight, has a total capacity of 443 cubic feet (12.54 cubic meters or 12.540 liters) and has more than the twice the space offered by competitive jets. The Primus Epic® integrated avionics system, manufactured by Honeywell, has five Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) multi-functional control screens, Cursor Control Device (CCD), auto-throttle, weather radar with turbulence detection, and other state-of-the-art technologies. The Lineage 1000 is equipped with the latest electronic fly-by-wire flight control system.
In order to meet the demands of executive jet customers, Embraer invested in the creation of a support system consisting of seven Company-owned service centers and an extensive authorized service center network, worldwide. Embraer also has partnerships with renowned companies in the areas of logistics and pilot and mechanic training, besides offering routine inspections, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and special service solution programs, like Embraer Executive Care (EEC). The Company’s product support structure covers flight operations, technical support and maintenance, which is customized according to the operating profile of each aircraft, as well as a new customer service concept implemented by the Contact Center. This structure makes possible a significant reduction in costs and downtime of the aircraft, and maximizes the benefits of this important business tool.
Note to Editors
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