- Embraer announced the selection of DeCrane Aircraft to complete the interior of the Lineage 1000. The contract signing took place at this year’s edition of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), in Orlando, Florida.
Under the agreement, DeCrane companies will provide the interior completion and certification services, as well as supply key interior components, including seating, furniture, veneers, and inflight information and entertainment systems.
“We are delighted to be participating in this exciting new aircraft program and honored by Embraer’s confidence in our ability to provide a turnkey, integrated interior solution,” said DeCrane Aircraft Holdings CEO Richard Kaplan.
“We are pleased to announce that DeCrane Aircraft will handle the interior completion of the Lineage 1000,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice-President, Executive Jets. “DeCrane’ s superior quality and refined craftsmanship will bring into reality what we’ve envisioned for the luxury and comfort of the Lineage 1000.”
The Lineage 1000 is an ultra-large executive jet launched last May, based on the platform of the acclaimed EMBRAER 190 commercial jet and is expected to go into service in mid-2008. The Lineage 1000 interior will offer five distinct cabin areas and as many as three lavatories for up to 19 passengers. An array of predefined cabin configurations allows each cabin zone of the Lineage 1000 to be designed for business or dining, lounging and relaxing. A private suite with a full-size bed and an optional stand-up shower helps assure a rested flight.
The first Lineage is scheduled to arrive at DeCrane’s facility in Georgetown, Delaware, during the third quarter of 2007.
About DeCrane Aircraft
DeCrane Aircraft Holdings was founded in 1989 by Jack DeCrane, as a supplier of high-end, specialized and unique VIP and head-of-state interior components. DeCrane Aircraft Holdings has an annual turnover of US$ 400 million and consists of eight operating units, all engaged in supplying systems and components to these markets. They include Precision Pattern Inc., custom aircraft cabinetry; Carl Booth, specialized custom veneers and aviation plywood; Audio International, world leader in inflight entertainment and cabin management systems; DeCrane Aircraft Seating, provider of light weight, modular custom seating and divans; Hollingsead International, provider of custom equipment trays, racks and specialized engineering development, all team with PATS Aircraft, LLC, cabin interior integrator to provide world-class VIP and head-of-state custom aircraft interiors from design through certification. DeCrane Aircraft achieves single-source project efficiencies by integrating the products and services of its operating units using a turnkey approach. PATS Aircraft, LLC is recognized as a world leader in the design and installation of auxiliary fuel systems serving these same markets. PATS Aircraft, LLC is located in Georgetown, Delaware, and currently employs over 500 specialized and highly skilled employees.
About the Lineage 1000
The Lineage 1000 jet was designed with comfort and luxury as top priorities. It will be configured to accommodate up to 19 people in a total cabin volume of 4,085 cubic feet (115.7 cubic meters). The flexible interior offers five distinct privacy zones and two lavatories. An optional third lavatory and stand-up shower are also available. There is a set of pre-defined cabin configurations to fit all traveler needs, with plenty of room for work, rest and meetings. Optional onboard amenities include Wi-Fi technology and Internet access, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and other features.
The total baggage capacity is 615 cubic feet (17.4 cubic meters). A large aft baggage area, pressurized and conveniently accessible during flight, is more than twice the size of similar compartments of competitive aircraft. The highly integrated Primus Epic avionics suite by Honeywell has five LCD multifunction control displays, cursor control device (CCD), auto- throttle, weather radar with turbulence detection, fly-by-wire, and other cutting-edge technologies.
The Lineage 1000 is powered by two efficient, reliable and easy-to-maintain GE CF34-10E7 engines, with 18,500 pounds of thrust each. Its range with eight passengers onboard will be 4,200 nautical miles (7,778 km or 4,833 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves and 200 nm alternate. The airplane has great airport performance, maximum operating speed of Mach 0.82, and is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 m). These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from London (U.K.) to New York (U.S.); from Moscow (Russia) to Tokyo (Japan) or Quebec (Canada); from New York to Paris (France); from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to Beijing (China) or Bangkok (Thailand); from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Tokyo or Johannesburg (South Africa), at a lower operational cost and ultimate comfort.
Priced at US$ 40.95 million, based on January 2006 economic conditions, baseline configuration, for FAA certification, the Lineage 1000 is expected to enter service in mid- 2008.
Born out of the tough demands of commercial aviation, the Lineage 1000 platform is designed for quick turnaround, top performance, high utilization and low maintenance. Its reliability is proven by hundreds of thousands of flight hours, and refined by the latest engineering.
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 110 seats with 37 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments. 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 September 30, 2006, Embraer had a total workforce of 18,336 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$13.3 billion.
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