– Embraer and Royal Jet, the latter representing the Al Habtoor Group conglomerate, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), signed a contract to purchase one Lineage 1000 executive jet, which will be operated for private use.
“We are delighted to welcome such an esteemed and valued customer as the Al Habtoor Group to our growing Lineage operator base,” said Colin Steven, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales – Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Executive Jets. “The Lineage 1000 provides premium comfort for linking the Middle East to Europe or Asia, offering stylish accommodations, with ample space.”
The Al Habtoor Group selected Royal Jet – the international luxury flight services company, chaired by H.E. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan – to carry out due diligence on the acquisition, including all technical specifications. Royal Jet will also provide aircraft management for the Lineage 1000, which ties in well with the company’s strategy of concentrating on midsize to large business jets.
“We are eager to receive the Lineage 1000,” said Mohammed Al Habtoor, CEO of the Habtoor. “We were immediately filled with enthusiasm for the unparalleled luxurious interior and overall performance of the aircraft, which will allow us to fly to London nonstop with the whole family.”
Designed to travel nonstop for 4,200 nautical miles (7,778 km), the Lineage 1000 offers an innovative cabin design with best-in-class materials and a wide variety of interior options.
About the Al Habtoor Group
The Al Habtoor Group has grown with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and while best known for construction, it is globally recognized through its involvement in the hotel, automotive, real estate, educational, insurance and publishing sectors.
One of the UAE’s most respected and successful businesses, the Al Habtoor Group operates in the UAE and international markets. The highly qualified, experienced and professional multinational team now exceeds 40,000 – and this is expected to continue to grow, in line with planned expansion.
The Group’s construction division, Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises (now part of the Al Habtoor Leighton Group), has a rich portfolio, having created some of the world's most stunning landmarks. These include the icon of Dubai, the Burj Al Arab, and the multibillion- dollar construction of the new Terminal 3 Concourse 2 project at Dubai International Airport.
Habtoor Hotels owns and operates six top-class hotels, including two new five star properties, the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, in Dubai, and the Habtoor Grand Convention Centre & Spa, in Beirut, Lebanon.
Al Habtoor Motors’ brand portfolio includes Mitsubishi, with a wide choice of sedans, 4x4s and commercial vehicles, Temsa buses, and premium brands, such as Bentley, Aston Martin, and Bugatti. Al Habtoor Motors imports more than 60,000 vehicles from Japan every year. It has a well-established network of seven showrooms, eight service centers and 12 parts centers that effectively cover the entire UAE.
Just as the UAE name has become synonymous with trade and enterprise all over the world, the name of the Al Habtoor Group has become synonymous with dynamic growth, evidenced by its commitment to develop and grow businesses in multiple sectors.
About Royal Jet
Royal Jet is an award-winning international luxury flight services provider, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company is owned by Abu Dhabi Aviation and the Amiri Flight, the royal flight service, and is chaired by His Excellency, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who serves as a Minister on the UAE Federal Cabinet.
The company’s five core offerings are luxury VIP aircraft charter, Royal Med medical evacuation service, Fixed Base Operations (FBO) and VIP Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, and Aircraft Management and Acquisition Consultancy.
Royal Jet has created a five-year expansion strategy to find the best solutions to address the Middle East’s business aviation boom. The expansion spans fleet acquisition, interior upgrades, and a strengthening of its sales structure.
About the Lineage 1000
The Lineage 1000 jet was designed with comfort and luxury as top priorities. It can be configured to accommodate up to 19 passengers in a total cabin volume of 4,085 cubic feet (115.7 cubic meters). The interior, designed in partnership with Priestman Goode, from the United Kingdom, offers five distinct privacy zones and two lavatories. A third lavatory and a stand-up shower are optional.
The cabin is outfitted by PATS Aircraft Completions, a division of DeCrane Aerospace, located in the United States, with the most refined materials in the category. The Lineage 1000’s wide variety of cabin configurations fits all traveler needs with plenty of room for work, rest and meetings. Onboard amenities include such optional items as Wi-Fi technology and Internet access, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), and other features.
The total baggage capacity is 471 cubic feet (13.3 cubic meters). A large, pressurized aft baggage area, which is conveniently accessible during flight, is more than twice the size of baggage compartments in competitive jets. The highly integrated avionics Primus Epic® suite by Honeywell comes with five Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) multifunction control screens, 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-B engines made by General Electric (GE), with 18,500 pounds of thrust each. Its range with eight passengers will be 4,200 nautical miles (4,833 miles or 7,778 km) 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 meters). These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to New York (USA), or anywhere in Europe and the Middle East; from Moscow (Russia) to Tokyo (Japan), Quebec (Canada), or anywhere in the Middle East; from New York to Paris (France), Brasília (Brazil), or anywhere in North America; from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to Beijing (China), Bangkok (Thailand), or anywhere in Europe, Africa or the Middle East; from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Tokyo, Johannesburg (South Africa), Rabat (Morocco), or anywhere in Europe and the Middle East, at a lower operating cost and ultimate comfort.
Born for the demands of commercial aviation, the Lineage 1000 platform is based on the EMBRAER 190 and designed for quick turnaround, top performance, high use, and low maintenance. The aircraft’s reliability is proven by more than 1.5 million flight hours, and refined by the latest engineering.
Priced at US$ 42.95 million, based on January 2006 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification, the Lineage 1000 jet is expected to enter service in the second half of 2008. For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, see www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
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