– Embraer celebrated the opening of its hangar at Bradley International Airport, today, in Windsor Locks, Conn.. This is the second of three new service centers the Company will have up and running in the U.S. for its executive jets this fall. These facilities are part of an investment of over US$ 100 million in the infrastructure and organization necessary to support Embraer’s growing number of executive jets customers.
“Embraer’s decision to open these new Company-owned and operated facilities, even before the first Phenom 100 jet is delivered, gives witness to our focus on supporting North American customers through 24 locations, in 18 States,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support and Services, Executive Jets. “Around the globe, we are preparing a highly competitive network of 45 service centers that will deliver excellence to our growing customer base.”
The first Embraer-owned service center fully dedicated to executive jets in the U.S. was opened last September 15, in Mesa, Arizona. Windsor Locks now joins that facility, and it will soon be followed by a third at the Ft. Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport, in Florida. The new centers, each with 47,700 square feet (4,431 square meters), are dedicated to full-service support for the Company’s Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450, Legacy 500, and Legacy 600 executive jets.
This Embraer facility is located in New England and, like the other service centers, consists of a hangar, workshops and office space, for an estimated cost of US$ 10 million. The Company is committed to creating approximately 60 jobs in the community, over the next five years, and initial administrative personnel and mechanics are already hired. By the end of October, they will complete training for servicing the Phenom 100 model. Partners in the Embraer project include the State of Connecticut, the Bradley International Airport Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT). Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has designed all three facilities, and Chase Construction was the builder, both based in Nashville, Tenn..
“The opening of the Embraer Executive Jets center at Bradley is a genuine success story for Connecticut – its people and its economy – and underscores our commitment to clean, green economic expansion in our State. This expansion and the new jobs it will bring are great news. I want to personally thank Embraer for choosing Connecticut and to assure its management, staff and future hires that my administration is committed to building this partnership for years to come,” said M. Jodi Rell, Governor of Connecticut.
The Bradley facility will provide full-service aircraft care, including routine inspection, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and airframe, engine, avionics, and other systems repairs, 24/7 assistance, Aircraft On Ground (AOG) mobile rescue teams, and an inventory of expendable and repairable parts.
In addition to the three new facilities dedicated to executive jets, Embraer has a company- owned service center in Nashville, which provides support for the Company’s commercial E- Jets, as well as the Legacy 600 and Lineage 1000 executive jets.
Embraer’s service network in the U.S. consists of 24 locations and spans 18 States. By the end of 2008, The Company will have seven wholly-owned (four in the U.S.) and 38 authorized service centers, worldwide. For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, visit www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
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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 June 30, 2008, Embraer had a workforce of 23,855 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 20.7 billion.
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