– Embraer will showcase its executive jets at the seventh International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition – Aero India 2009, to be held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, in Bangalore, India, February 11-15. During the event, a super midsize Legacy 600 will be shown in the outdoor display, and full-scale mock-ups of the Phenom 300 light jet and the Lineage 1000 ultra-large jet cross-section will be exhibited in a closed tent.
“Embraer believes in the burgeoning Indian market,” said José Eduardo Costas, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Asia Pacific – Executive Jets. “For this reason, we have brought three of our executive jets to present to the public at Aero India.”
As it completes the 40th year from its founding, Embraer has a strong presence in the Indian market, dealing with both the national government and private companies. Besides the Indian government, which currently operates five Legacy 600 jets, and has ordered three EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) aircraft for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, the Company has other important customers in the country. Among them are Aviators India Pvt. Ltd., which is the first Phenom executive jet customer in the region and bought two Phenom 100 jets, and Invision Projects Pvt. Ltd., which holds the largest order for Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets in India. To support the operations of the growing number of Phenom and Legacy 600 customers in the country, the Company recently chose Indamer Company Pvt. Ltd. to be an authorized service center. In the commercial aviation segment, Embraer provides airplanes to Paramount Airways, the launch customer of the E-Jets in the country, and to Star Aviation, which soon will receive its first E-Jet out of a firm order of seven EMBRAER 170s. The E-Jets family consists of four aircraft with capacities from 70 to 122 seats, and has more than 500 airplanes in operation, worldwide.
About Aero India
Aero India is one of the most important events in the aviation sector and has gained global recognition in a short span of time, since its inception in 1996. It is now ranked among the top international exhibitions in this category. India’s growing financial and technological strengths, the opening of its defense sector to direct foreign investment, the ongoing modernization plans of its armed forces, and new opportunities in the civil aviation sector have opened many avenues for investment. The Government of India has taken a number of initiatives to promote Defense Industry partnerships. The Defense Procurement Policy 2008, released on August 1, 2008, is yet another milestone in promoting these partnerships.
About Embraer’s Executive Jets
Embraer’s Executive Jets portfolio consists of six aircraft: Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450, Legacy 500, Legacy 600, and Lineage 1000, from the entry level, light, midlight, midsize, super midsize, and ultra-large categories, respectively. These aircraft offer cabin sizes and ranges that are well-suited to the most diverse demands, allowing for greater work productivity and saving valuable travel time, which is enjoyed in comfort and privacy.
The Phenom 100 can accommodate up to eight occupants and has seven interior options designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Its range of 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Miami, in the U.S., from London to Rome, in Europe, or from Brisbane to Melbourne, in Australia. The jet was certified in December 2008, and proved to be the fastest and to have the largest baggage capacity in its category. The Phenom 100 has the latest in cockpit design and a private aft lavatory as one of its most competitive features.
The Phenom 300 accommodates up to ten occupants in a spacious and pleasant interior, also designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Swept wings, with winglets, and modern onboard systems were developed with outstanding flight performance in mind. A single refueling port, an externally serviced lavatory, and excellent cabin pressurization are some of the jet’s distinctive features. The Phenom 300 is one of the fastest aircraft in the light category, reaching 518 mph (833 km/h, or 450 knots – KTAS), at an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). Its range of 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Dallas, in the U.S., from London to Athens, in Europe, or from Delhi, in India, to Dubai.
Launched in 2008, the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 are medium-sized executive jets that set a new paradigm in their respective categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, offering unequaled comfort and style. These aircraft will have the largest cabin and the best acoustical insulation in their classes. A flat-floor, stand-up (six-foot) cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, complementing their superior performance and low operating costs.
The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line FusionTM avionics system will provide extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. The HTF7500E state-of-the- art engines, manufactured by Honeywell, incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance requirements with improved efficiency, in terms of fuel consumption, facilitated maintenance, low operating costs, and reduced noise and pollution emissions, thus lessening their environmental impact. The jets will be the fastest in their categories and the only ones equipped with the cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The Legacy 450 is being designed to carry up to nine passengers. It will have a range of 2,300 nautical miles (4,260 km) with four passengers, or 2,200 nautical miles (4,070 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet will be able to fly nonstop from Delhi (India) to Dubai or Hong Kong, or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).
The Legacy 500 will carry up to nine passengers. It is being designed for a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km) with four passengers, or 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves. These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from New York to Los Angeles, in the U.S., or from Moscow (Russia) to Mumbai (India).
The Legacy 600 can carry 14 passengers in comfort and privacy, with three distinct cabin zones. In the standard configuration, the refined interior offers leather seats, sofa, credenza, and tables for meals or meetings. The airplane also has a spacious galley for preparing hot and cold meals, an ample aft lavatory, wardrobes, cabinets, and an entertainment system with DVD and satellite communication. Optional High-Speed Data (HSD) equipment and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technology enable customers to browse the Internet, access e-mails, and transfer files during trips, providing a better use of time, increased work productivity, and more entertainment options.
The aircraft has a large baggage compartment, which is easily accessible during flight, with a total capacity of 286 cubic feet (8.1 cubic meters or 8,100 liters). The airplane’s cruising speed is Mach 0.80. It has a range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) with eight passengers, or 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet can fly nonstop from Los Angeles (U.S.) to Honolulu (Hawaii), from Delhi (India) or Singapore to Tokyo (Japan), or from Shanghai (China) to Delhi. More than 160 Legacy 600 jets presently operate in 24 countries, with high rates of dispatch reliability and low operating costs.
The Lineage 1000 is Embraer’s largest executive jet and can carry 19 passengers in five cabin zones. It has a range of 4,400 nautical miles (8,149 km) with eight passengers, or 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet is able to fly nonstop from Singapore to Sydney (Australia), or from Dubai to Johannesburg (South Africa). The interior design gives priority to comfort and refinement, and was designed in conjunction with Priestman Goode, from the U.K.. The cabin, outfitted by PATS Aircraft Completions, a division of De Crane Aerospace, located in the United States, uses the category’s most sophisticated materials. The great variety of configurations meets all passenger requirements with enough space to work, rest, and hold meetings. Optional items include Wi-Fi technology, access to the Internet, and Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). An ample aft baggage compartment, pressurized and conveniently accessible during flight, has a total capacity of 443 cubic feet (12.54 cubic meters or 12.540 liters) and has more than the twice the space offered by competitive jets. The Primus Epic® integrated avionics system, manufactured by Honeywell, has five Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) multi-functional control screens, Cursor Control Device (CCD), auto-throttle, weather radar with turbulence detection, and other state-of-the-art technologies. The Lineage 1000 is equipped with the latest electronic fly-by-wire flight control system.
In order to meet the demands of executive jet customers, Embraer invested in the creation of a support system consisting of seven Company-owned service centers and an extensive authorized service center network, worldwide. Embraer also has partnerships with renowned companies in the areas of logistics and pilot and mechanic training, besides offering routine inspections, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and special service solution programs, like Embraer Executive Care (EEC). The Company’s product support structure covers flight operations, technical support and maintenance, which is customized according to the operating profile of each aircraft, as well as a new customer service concept implemented by the Contact Center. This structure makes possible a significant reduction in costs and downtime of the aircraft, and maximizes the benefits of this important business tool.
Note to Editors
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 December 31, 2008, Embraer had a workforce of 23,509 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 20.9 billion.
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