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13/05/2009

EMBRAER NAMES ADOAIR MAINTENANCE AS NEW AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER IN SOUTH AFRICA

São José dos Campos, May 13, 2009 – Embraer signed an agreement, today, to appoint AdoAir Maintenance, a division of the AdoAir Aviation Group, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a new Embraer Authorized Service Center (EASC). The AdoAir Maintenance authorized service center will provide routine checks and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the Legacy 600 jet and Phenom-series aircraft.

We are very pleased to provide Embraer executive jet customers in South Africa with a new alternative for their maintenance needs,” said Antonio Martini, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support and Services – Europe, Africa and Middle East – Executive Jets. “This facility in Johannesburg will allow customers to save travel time, while experiencing the same expertise and customer-focused support that they have come to expect throughout Embraer’ s service center network.”

AdoAir Maintenance is located in Northwest Johannesburg, at Lanseria International Airport, and is part of the Adonai Group of Companies, founded by the prominent Nigerian businessman Mr. Adegboyega (Ade) Olulade.

It is an honor for AdoAir to be selected and qualified to provide maintenance services for Embraer executive jets,” said Danie Joubert, Managing Director of AdoAir Aviation Group. “We are pleased to expand our activities to Embraer’s aircraft, as the number of customers in South Africa increases.”

About the AdoAir Aviation Group

The AdoAir Aviation Group is part of the Adonai Group of Companies, which was established in 1992, and has extensive business plans in Nigeria and West Africa, Southern Africa, Mauritius, and the United Kingdom. The Group holds stakes in a wide variety of enterprises, including finance and stockbrokerage, banking, technology and telecommunications, hotels, real estate, yacht charter, travel, and other services. The AdoAir Aviation Group brings together a team with extensive investments in aviation-related assets, with years of experience in all aspects of business aviation, including international airports. It is responsible for the establishment of an exclusive, by invitation only, Luxury Lifestyle and Private Aviation Club known as ACG World (www.acgworld.com). The Club will provide luxury lifestyle and business aviation services and operate wide-body business jets between key destinations for the benefit of its members. Related aviation interests include aircraft sales and consulting, management, and maintenance, VVIP catering services, among others.

About Embraer’s Executive Jets

Embraer’s Executive Jets portfolio consists of six aircraft: the entry level Phenom 100, light Phenom 300, midlight Legacy 450, midsize Legacy 500, super midsize Legacy 600, and ultra- large Lineage 1000 jets. These aircraft offer cabin sizes and flexible ranges that are well-suited to the most diverse demands, permitting greater work productivity and saving valuable travel time, which is enjoyed in comfort and privacy.

The entry level Phenom 100 can accommodate up to eight occupants and has seven different 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 has 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 is one of its competitive features.

The Phenom 300 light jet 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 jet category, reaching 518 mph (833 km/h, or 450 knots – KTAS), and it can fly at an altitude of up to 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 (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Launched in 2008, the midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 set a new paradigm in their respective executive jet categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and offer 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. Honeywell’s HTF7500E state-of-the-art engines 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 cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The midlight Legacy 450 is being designed to carry up to nine passengers. Its range will be 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 London to Moscow (Russia) or Rabat (Morocco); from Delhi (India) to Dubai or Hong Kong; or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).

The midsize 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 from New York to Los Angeles, in the U.S.; or from Moscow (Russia) to Mumbai (India).

The super midsize Legacy 600 carries 13 passengers (standard configuration) in comfort and privacy in 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 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 possibilities. The aircraft has a large baggage compartment, which is easily accessed during flight, and has a total capacity of 286 cubic feet (8,100 liters). The jet has a cruising speed of Mach 0.80. Its 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, means that the jet can fly nonstop from Munich (Germany), London or Geneva (Switzerland) to Dubai; from Berlin (Germany) to Praia (Cape Verde); from Frankfurt (Germany) to Karachi (Pakistan); from Hamburg (Germany) to Delhi; 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 25 countries, with high rates of dispatch reliability and low operating costs.

The ultra-large Lineage 1000 is Embraer’s biggest executive jet and can carry 19 passengers in five cabin zones. Its 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, means that the jet is able to fly nonstop from London to Dubai; from Dubai to Johannesburg (South Africa); from New York to Moscow; or from Singapore to Sydney (Australia). The interior design gives priority to comfort and refinement, and was designed in conjunction with Priestman Goode, from the U.K.. The cabin uses the category’s most sophisticated materials. A wide 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 323 cubic feet (9,140 liters) and is the largest among all competitors. Honeywell’s Primus Epic® integrated avionics system 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 six Company-owned service centers and an extensive authorized service center network, worldwide. The Company 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 the Embraer Executive Care (EEC). The Company’s product support structure covers flight operations, technical support and maintenance that are 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 of the aircraft costs and downtime and maximizes the benefits of this important business tool. More information about Embraer Executive Jets is available at 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 and Government segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On March 31, 2009, Embraer had a workforce of 17,375 employees – not counting the employees of its subsidiaries OGMA and HEAI – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 19.7 billion.

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