– Embraer has expanded its Executive Jets service center network, including the ABS Jets in the Czech Republic and Hawker Pacific in Singapore. The companies will provide full support to Phenom and Legacy customers.
“We are delighted to announce the addition of ABS Jets and Hawker Pacific to our authorized service center network,” said Maurício Aveiro, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support – Executive Jets. “We will continue to expand this network, in order to offer the highest quality service with the broadest coverage, thus ensuring that our customers fully enjoy a unique ownership experience.”
ABS Jets, based at Prague-Ruzyně Airport, serves Eastern Europe, Russia and the new European Union member states, offering aircraft maintenance, as well as charter flights, aircraft management and brokerage. The company is building a new 91,493 square feet (8,500 square meters) hangar, doubling its infrastructure by 2009.
When the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 enter into service in Europe, European customers will have ABS Jets for support and maintenance services. The Embraer authorized service center will be inaugurated next month and begin supporting Legacy 600 executive jet customers.
“ABS Jets is very proud to introduce the first Embraer authorized service center in Central and Eastern Europe at its home base in Prague,” said Marian Jancarik, ABS Jets CEO. “We are confident that we are ready to provide Embraer’s and our own customers with services that will fully satisfy their expectations, especially with regard to the quality of workmanship, customer support, flexibility, availability and cost effectiveness. We offer not just our expertise and experience as one of the largest Legacy 600 operators in Europe, but also 24-hour services tailored to our current and future customers’ requirements.”
As an Embraer customer, ABS Jets received the Company’s 100th Legacy last March and recently placed an order for a fourth Legacy 600, which will be delivered in March 2008. Tha compay operates a fleet of three Legacy 600 jets to connect popular European destinations and benefits from the aircraft’s London City and Cannes-Mandelieu airports operational capabilities.
Hawker Pacific is based at Seletar Air Base, in Singapore, and is known as a customer- focused company, ensuring that customer operational and maintenance needs are delivered on time and within budget.
Hawker Pacific’s Singapore facility – its Asian region headquarters – provides support for private and business jets, full logistics services and a recently added VIP customer and flight handling center. Operating from Seletar Airbase since 1976, the company holds several prominent manufacturer service center accreditations and 13 separate regulatory approvals from around the world. Specialist services for private jet owners include Asia's only one-stop exterior and interior refurbishment facility.
"Across Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, we are constantly investing in and updating our infrastructure and capabilities to meet the exciting business aviation market demand,” said John Riggir, Hawker Pacific Senior Vice President – Asia. "To cater to the Embraer Executive Jet service center accreditation, Hawker Pacific has committed to a significant long-term capital investment that provides for trained specialists, facilities, tooling and equipment, information and state-of- the- art safety management systems.”
Embraer will invest over US$ 100 million, through 2008, to strengthen its Executive Jets customer support network. The Company is building four new service centers – three in North America and one in Europe – and by mid-2008 the network will consist of 45 facilities, seven of which wholly-owned and 38 authorized. To better serve customers, the staff of field engineers has nearly doubled over the last year.
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