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06/05/2003

EMBRAER TO ATTEND EBACE 2003 WITH THE LEGACY

Embraer takes part in the third edition of EBACE (European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition 2003) with one of its most successful products – the Legacy business jet. Parked at the static display area at Geneva airport, the Legacy highlights the Company’s presence, being open to visitors, authorities and attendees during the event.

EBACE 2003 is held at the Palexpo Conference Center in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 7-9. The airshow is the sole event in Europe fully dedicated to corporate aviation, and main players in the industry, including operators, manufacturers, regulatory agencies and government authorities, are expected to attend.

“The Legacy has outstanding chances of conquering a significant share of the business jet market in Europe, as it perfectly fulfills the mission profiles required by European operators,” said Luiz Fuchs, Embraer Senior Vice President - Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Offering the best cost/benefit solution of its class, the Legacy is positioned in a rather favorable way in this continent, one of the world’s most demanding markets.”

About the Legacy

The Legacy is a super midsize twin-engine business jet based on the successful ERJ 145 family of regional jets, in service with 27 of the world’s leading airlines. 700 ERJs have been delivered to date. Modifications to the ERJ 135 platform include the addition of winglets and fuselage reinforcements, auxiliary fuel tanks, higher-rated turbofan engines and superior interior finishing.

Delivering the largest cabin in its class, the Legacy cruises at Mach .80 and offers a non-stop range that reaches 3,100 nm (5,741 km) with 10 passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. This range, bolstered by superior payload capabilities, enables customers to fly non-stop from London to Riyadh, New York to London or Singapore to Tokyo at a fraction of the cost of competition – an unprecedented customer value offer.

Available in Executive and Shuttle configurations, all Legacy family members deliver the largest cabin volume in its class: the 39.9 cu. m. (1,410 cu. ft.) cabin provides ample room for work or relaxation. In the Executive configuration the height of the cabin reaches 1.83 m (6 ft) while the aft luggage compartment holds up to 6.8 cu. m. (240 cu. ft.) of bags.

This cabin is by far the largest in its category – 60% larger than other super midsize business jets. The feeling of spaciousness is further enhanced by the natural light coming from 26 windows and the state-of-the-art interior lighting system. Aircraft interiors feature executive leather seats, divan, credenza, tables for staff meetings, individual tables, galley, lavatory, wardrobe and storage cabinet, DVD players with 15” and 6.5” LCD monitors and voice/data communication system. The Shuttle version features business class seating for up to 19 passengers in versatile arrangements designed to meet customer requirements. The Shuttle retains the same cabin space of the Executive version, but with an additional wardrobe and stowage cabinet, installed in the aircraft’s forward section, and a larger baggage compartment (325 cubic feet or 9.2 cubic meters).

The Legacy was granted full aircraft type certification by the Brazilian aviation authority (CTA, Centro Técnico Aeroespacial) in December 2001. Other certification authorities, JAA (European Joint Aviation Authorities) and FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) issued such certification in July and September, 2002 respectively.

Embraer’s Legacy is powered by two ultra-quiet Rolls-Royce AE 3007 high-bypass turbofan engines. These are Stage IV noise compliant, environmentally-friendly engines. They are controlled by dual redundant Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC) to optimize operation and reduce wear and fuel consumption, and are fitted with built-in test equipment and trend monitoring systems for quicker fault identification and repair.

Standard avionics include Honeywell’s Primus 1000 integrated system, that presents data on five different displays. The avionics suite includes a traffic collision avoidance system, enhanced ground proximity warning system, flight management systems with global satellite positioning, an inertial reference system, weather radar, satellite communications, and a Category II autopilot/flight director. The Legacy is compliant with Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums - RVSM standards.

The power supply and energy for the Legacy are provided by two segregated and independent electric and hydraulic systems. The aircraft is equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand APU that generates power to energize systems and keep the passenger cabin cooled or heated when the aircraft is operated at airports with no ground support infrastructure.

The current order book for the super midsize Legacy stands at a total of 166 aircraft with 74 firm orders and 92 options worldwide. Sixteen aircraft have already been delivered to customers in the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. To support the Legacy operators, Embraer has built upon its existing worldwide customer support network, by forming partnerships with leading business aviation service providers. This combination of global infrastructure and business aviation expertise assures Legacy operators convenient access to technical assistance, training and service – wherever their business takes them.

Note to Editors

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is one of the world’s leading aerospace companies. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, and offices and customer service bases in Australia, China, France, Singapore and the United States, the Company as of March 31, 2003 has a total workforce of 12,407 people. Embraer was Brazil’s largest exporter from 1999 to 2001, and second largest in 2002. As of March 31, 2003 Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled US$ 7.9 billion and the total backlog, including options, equaled US$ 19.2 billion.

Embraer has 33 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global airline, defense and (more recently) corporate markets.

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