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São José dos Campos, August 15, 2005 – Embraer today announced it will attend the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) in Russia to promote its Legacy business jet and commercial aircraft of the ERJ 145 and EMBRAER 170/190 families. MAKS 2005 is taking place August 16-21 in Moscow.

MAKS is held under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and will be opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Participants at the Russian biennial exhibition are key aircraft manufacturers, operators, regulatory agencies and government authorities.

Embraer’s Legacy Executive will be showcased at MAKS with a presence on the static display throughout the exhibition. The Legacy offers the largest and most comfortable cabin of its category. Excellent performance, low operating cost and unmatched reliability make it the best choice for the customer.

The Legacy enjoys worldwide market acceptance with 58 units in service in 15 countries, including two in Russia.

The Legacy

The Embraer Legacy is changing the expectations of what a business jet should be, offering the market an unprecedented balance between comfort, performance and reliability. For the very specific purpose of government authority transportation, the Legacy offers affordability, size, speed, economy and the safety of a platform that has flown over 30 million passengers in the world.

The Legacy Executive provides premium comfort and privacy for up to 16 passengers in three distinct seating areas. Interior standard features include first-class leather seats, a plush divan, an elegant credenza, and spacious tables for dining or meetings.

The aircraft also has a full-size galley for hot and cold meals, a full-breadth aft lavatory, wardrobe and storage cabinet, and an entertainment system with DVD players and satellite telecommunications. The Legacy’s High Speed Data (HSD) and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) capability allows customers to browse the Internet, access e-mail and transfer files.

The Legacy Executive’s baggage compartment, with 240 cu ft (6.8 cu m), is the largest in the industry and is easily accessible during flights for greater passenger convenience.

Priced at US$ 22.45 million (January 2005 economic conditions), the Legacy Executive cruises at a speed of up to Mach .80 and offers a range of 3,250 nm (6,019 km) with eight passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. This range, bolstered by superior passenger and luggage capacity, enables our customers to fly nonstop from New York to London, Moscow to London and Moscow to Addis Ababa at fraction of the cost of the competition. Additionally, the Legacy is the largest business jet authorized to operate at London City Airport. With eight passengers onboard, the aircraft is capable of flying from LCY to Moscow and back.

Also available in Shuttle and Shuttle HC configurations, the Legacy is designed to provide comfort and functionality.

The Legacy Shuttle accommodates between 16 and 19 passengers in business-class comfort. The Shuttle HC version enhances owner productivity and comfortably seats as many as 37 passengers in a superior airline-quality interior. Prices for the Shuttle versions range from US$ 16.95 million to US$ 17.64 million (January 2005 economic conditions).

The Legacy is based on the successful ERJ 135 jet, member of the ERJ 145 family with more than 900 aircraft in operation and over seven million hours flown.

The ERJ 145 Family

Embraer’s ERJ 145 family provides the capacity flexibility needed by operators to satisfy wide variations in demand and frequency that are typical of regional markets. Embraer aircraft have a well-built, proven structural design developed specifically for regional airline missions. They are well-suited for high frequency use and typically operate around 2,800 flight hours per year.

The ERJ 145 family members (the 37-seat ERJ 135, 44-seat ERJ 140, 50-seat ERJ 145 and 50-seat ERJ 145 XR) share 95 percent commonality among all models, with low operating, crew training and maintenance costs. The ERJ 145’s systems and main components can be easily accessed, simplifying maintenance activities and allowing faster turnarounds.

The ERJ 145 XR aircraft joined the ERJ 145 family as its latest model. With extra-long range capability indicated by the acronym XR, and fitted with winglets to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency, it is equipped with an enhanced Rolls-Royce AE 3007A1E turbofan engine that offers a 7 percent increase in takeoff thrust and up to 14 percent more climb thrust over the existing AE 3007A1 model.

Additionally, the auxiliary fuel tank allows a range of up to 2,000 nautical miles (3,600 km, a 26 percent increase in range over current ERJ 145 aircraft). The ERJ 145 XR has a maximum cruise speed of .80 Mach (460 knots or 852 km/h.) The increased range of the ERJ 145 XR allows carriers to operate long-haul, nonstop flights.

The ERJ 145 family platform has also been used to enhance Embraer’s presence in other aviation segments, including the Business and the Defense markets. Embraer’s Legacy Executive and Shuttle aircraft are derived from the ERJ 135 platform, whereas Defense products, such as the EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control), the EMB 145 RS/AGS (Remote Sensing/Air-to-Ground Surveillance), and the EMB 145 MP/ASW (Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare) are based on the proven ERJ 145 platform.

The EMBRAER 170/190 Family

Embraer is currently developing an entirely new family of aircraft specifically designed for the commercial aviation market. The new product line comprises the EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 jets – seating respectively 70, 78, 100 and 108 passengers at a generous 32-inch pitch.

The high degree of commonality among the family of four airliners results in exceptional spare parts and maintenance cost reduction for carriers. Moreover, cross crew qualification (CCQ) allows better utilization of resources without the restrictions normally associated with mixed-fleet flying.

Each model of the EMBRAER 170/190 family has two under-wing General Electric engines which are continually monitored by a redundant computerized management system called Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). This system optimizes engine operation during all phases of the flight and, in turn, reduces fuel consumption and maintenance costs.

Another important feature of the EMBRAER 170/190 program is the use of fly-by-wire technology for the flight control systems, similar to that which is deployed on advanced military aircraft and larger commercial jets.

Each member of the EMBRAER 170/190 family has two main passenger doors and two service doors that minimize aircraft turn-around time. All four aircraft can be configured for single class or dual class seating.

Another strength of the EMBRAER 170/190 family is the comfort provided by the double- bubble fuselage design. Unlike other aircraft of similar seating capacities, this design offers much more personal space for passengers, particularly at elbow and shoulder level. Seats and aisles are the widest among airliners of their respective aircraft capacity categories.

Embraer expects its new commercial jet family to win a significant share of the still untapped market for aircraft in the 70- to 110-seat range – mainly due to their superior performance, exceptional cabin comfort and reduced operating costs.

All four jets are designed to meet or exceed the demanding noise and emission-related requirements established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The EMBRAER 170 received type certification in February 2004. The EMBRAER 175’s certification was awarded in the fourth quarter of 2004. The EMBRAER 190 made its first flight in March 2004 and its certification is scheduled for the third quarter of 2005. The EMBRAER 195’s first flight was in December 2004 and conclusion of its certification campaign is expected in the second quarter of 2006.

As of June 30, 2005, the order book for the E-Jets family stood at 412 orders and 373 options. 

Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of jet solutions up to 110 seats.

Note to Editors

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 110 seats with 35 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global Airline, Defense and Business jet markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of June 30, 2005, Embraer had a total workforce of 16,878 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.9 billion.

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