– Embraer is celebrating the first year of operations and accomplishments of its two newest U.S. Executive Jets Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) centers in Mesa, Arizona, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since the ribbon cutting ceremonies held on September 15 and October 27, 2008, respectively, the two centers have experienced continuous growth in support activities for the Legacy 600 and the Phenom 100 jets, the latter having begun operations in December 2008.
“The celebration of the first year of our two newest wholly owned service centers is a happy moment for Embraer,” says Scott Kalister, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support, USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean – Executive Jets. “With an expanding executive jet fleet in service in North America, investing in human resources and equipment remains our main focus, in order to continue to offer best-in-class customer services and support.”
These facilities are part of a highly competitive and customer-centered infrastructure in place around the world, ensuring the effective support of the growing fleet of Phenom 100 and Legacy 600 jets. The Mesa and Fort Lauderdale centers received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Repair Station Certification in October 2008 and March 2009, respectively, and the same certification from EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) in April and June 2009.
Each center provides full-service airframe, engine, avionics, and other system repairs, 24/7 assistance, Aircraft-On-Ground (AOG) support with mobile repair teams, and an inventory of spare parts. Assistance available to the jets includes scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, routine inspections, minor interior reworking and paint touch-up, Service Bulletin (SB) and Airworthiness Directive (AD) follow-through, and landing gear and engine removal and reinstallation, among others.
The Mesa facility completed 102 interventions during its first year, while Fort Lauderdale completed 93. These services were performed by experienced, factory trained technicians who have access to engineering and technical support, and large tooling and in-house parts inventories. The two MRO centers have also partnered with other support services that can offer onsite painting, cleaning, and interior refurbishment.
On September 30, 2009, more than 170 Legacy 600s had been delivered to customers in 26 countries, worldwide, as well as 45 Phenom 100 jets. For more about Embraer Executive Jets, visit www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2009, Embraer had a workforce of 16,986 employees – not counting the employees of its subsidiaries OGMA and HEAI – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 18.6 billion.
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