São José dos Campos, May 16, 2011
– Embraer has named the Barbedos Group Limited as its executive jets authorized sales representative (ASR) for West Africa. Based at Kaduna Airport (KAD), in Nigeria, the group operates a Legacy 600, and is marketing Embraer’s entire line of executive jets in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal.
“We are excited about this new partnership in West Africa with the Barbedos Group as Embraer’s sales representative. Our joint expectations for the African market are encouraging
,” said Colin Steven, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Europe, Africa and the Middle East – Executive Jets. “The Phenom 300, Legacy 600 and Legacy 650 are already in operation on the continent. We are confident that the Barbedos Group will assist us in further increasing our presence in the region
Embraer’s portfolio of executive jets consists of seven aircraft: the entry level Phenom 100, light Phenom 300, midlight Legacy 450, midsize Legacy 500, super midsize Legacy 600, large Legacy 650, and ultra-large Lineage 1000. They offer cabin sizes and ranges that are well-suited to the most diverse demands, allowing for greater work productivity and better usage of valuable travel time in comfort and privacy.
“Representing world-class brands, like Embraer, in West Africa is perfectly in line with our philosophy of providing exceptional offerings to our customers
,” said Kashim Bukar Shettima, Chairman of the Barbedos Group. “This responsibility is a valued addition to our extensiveproducts and services portfolio, and will further position our experienced team as one of the leading business aviation companies in the region.
”About the Barbedos Group
The Barbedos Group is a privately owned company founded in 2002, and registered as an indigenous group of companies in Nigeria. Its diverse business portfolio underlines a serious commitment to and involvement in the following sectors: automobiles, aviation, fertilizer and
chemicals for agricultural development, oil and gas, and electrical and electronics appliances and equipment. The company also provides private airline services through its subsidiary, Skyjet Aviation Services Ltd.
Note to Editors
Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’sheadquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On March 31, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,253 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled USD 16.0 billion.
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