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06/10/2005

EMBRAER SELECTS BMW GROUP DESIGNWORKS USA TO DESIGN INTERIOR OF ITS VERY LIGHT JET AND LIGHT JET

São José dos Campos, October 6, 2005 – Embraer announced today that it has selected BMW Group DesignworksUSA to design the interior of its recently launched Very Light Jet and Light Jet.

Inspired by input from pilots, owners, operators and business executives, Embraer envisioned a spacious aircraft interior with the utmost in comfort and refined appointments. With the owner/operator at the forefront of its mind, Embraer projected a flight deck seamlessly integrated with the cabin.

BMW Group DesignworksUSA delivered a design solution that creates a feeling of serenity upon entering our aircraft through a simple and
elegant first impression. The light ambiance and relaxing seats enhance the sense of comfort and functionality. Onboard amenities include a private lavatory and a refreshment center, an executive table, entertainment and communications at the passenger’s fingertips.

In close collaboration with the customer and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the final design solution reflects customer requirements, melding function and style,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Senior Vice-President, Executive Aviation. “Through collaborative development, the cross-section was enlarged to offer more legroom and personal space, making the best even better.”

BMW Group DesignworksUSA is delighted to have partnered with Embraer on the interior designs of the new VLJ and LJ programs,” said Neil Booker, Vice-President of BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “These design programs have allowed us to leverage the knowledge we have gained in designing for the premium travel experience to help Embraer define the future of light jet travel.”

Full-scale mockups of the new interiors will be unveiled during the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Orlando on November 9-11 (Booth 5559).

The Very Light and Light Jets

The Very Light and Light Jets will be best-in-class. Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating cost are key design drivers for these jets.

Both aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style unseen in their categories. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by the generous windows and the most ample cabin in their class. Onboard conveniences include a refreshment center, a private lavatory and satellite entertainment and communications.

The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the two new aircraft will enable even single-pilot operation. Drawing from the Legacy’s design heritage, the Very Light and Light jets will be built for high utilization and high availability. These features make Embraer’s VLJ particularly suitable for the air taxi market.

Embraer’s Very Light Jet will carry up to eight persons and will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW617F engines, with 1,615 pounds of thrust each. Its range will be 1,160 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with four persons onboard and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.7. The airplane is designed for a short takeoff distance and is capable of flying at 41,000 feet.

The Very Light Jet is expected to enter service in mid-2008 and will be priced at $2.75 million based on 2005 economic conditions.

The Light Jet will be powered by P&WC’s PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each. Comfortably accommodating up to nine persons, the Light Jet’s range will be 1,800 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with six persons onboard, and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78. The airplane is also designed for a short takeoff distance and is capable of flying at 45,000 feet.

The Light Jet is expected to enter service in mid-2009 and be priced at US$ 6.65 million based on 2005 economic conditions.

For more information, visit the www.embraerexecutivejets.com website.

Note to Editors


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 36 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global Airline, Defense and Business jet markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of June 30, 2005, Embraer had a total workforce of 16,878 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.9 billion.

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