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São José dos Campos, April 12, 2005 – Embraer today announced Naturelink as authorized sales representative for the region of sub-Saharan Africa, including southern African states. This representation covers the Legacy family of corporate jets, which comprises the Legacy Executive, Legacy Shuttle and Legacy Shuttle HC.

This partnership is a significant step for Embraer Corporate Aviation to better serve the African market,” said Luiz F. Fuchs, Embraer Senior Vice-President Europe, Africa and Middle East – Civil Aircraft. “This cooperation with Naturelink, a key player in Africa’s aviation industry, will boost the opportunity for the Legacy to grow its market share in such an important region.”

Naturelink is delighted to be associated with Embraer in its capacity as an authorized sales representative for the Legacy in Africa. The Legacy is seen as the aircraft for Africa, offering the highest level of comfort and reliability at the lowest operating and acquisition costs in its class,” said Chris Briers, CEO of Naturelink. “Connecting most African destinations directly and one stop range to London, the Legacy is the obvious choice for 10 to 16 VIP passenger missions. Naturelink believes that the Legacy’s capabilities and economics will change the face of African VIP flying.”

Naturelink, currently operating the biggest fleet of Embraer turboprop aircraft in Africa, is currently in talks to become an Embraer Service Center for the Legacy in the region.

I believe that Naturelink’s strong presence throughout Africa, combined with Embraer’s well developed systems, will prove the ideal solution for business aircraft owners across the continent,” Briers said.

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About the Legacy Family

The Legacy is a super mid-size business jet based on the successful ERJ 135/145 regional jet platform with 900 aircraft delivered, more than 7 million hours flown and a dispatch reliability of over 99 percent.

The Legacy Executive carries up to 16 passengers in a 1,410 cu ft (39.9 m3) first-class cabin and is priced at $22.45 million USD (January 2005 economic conditions). It cruises at a speed of up to Mach .80 and offers a range of 3,250 nm (6,019 km) with 8 passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. The Legacy Shuttle transports up to 19 passengers in business-class comfort or up to 37 passengers in the Shuttle HC version. The Legacy boasts the largest baggage compartment in the industry with 240 cu ft (6.8 m3) in the Executive and 325 cu ft (9.2 m3) in the Shuttle.

With the most spacious cabin in its class and priced at about a third less than comparable aircraft, the Legacy offers an unprecedented balance between comfort, reliability and performance.

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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 Corporate markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in China, France, Singapore and the United States. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of December 31, 2004 Embraer had a total workforce of 14,648 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.1 billion.

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