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11/10/2004

LEGACY MAINTENANCE PROGRAM ENHANCEMENTS BOOST AIRCRAFT AVAILABILITY

Embraer Legacy customers will once again this year benefit from further maintenance program enhancements to increase aircraft availability. This announcement reflects Embraer’s commitment to ensure the Legacy owners maximum flexibility and freedom to operate the aircraft when they need it.

The Legacy based its maintenance philosophy on the MSG methodology established by the Maintenance Steering Group (MSG) of the Air Transport Association (ATA). The first Legacy rolled out of the hangar already MSG compliant. While it was natural for Embraer to embrace this maintenance standard from the onset, it is now becoming widely adopted in the business aviation industry.

The MSG-3 methodology, as it is currently known, aims at preserving and restoring the inherent safety and reliability levels of the aircraft and building a knowledge base for design and maintenance improvement. The main benefits of this methodology include higher aircraft availability and an overall cost reduction to keep the Legacy in ideal operating conditions.

In April 2004, Embraer announced a maintenance schedule with four stops per year. As of the first quarter of 2005, two of the four annual maintenance events are visual inspections requiring no ground support equipment. With the additional optimization of maintenance tasks, labor costs have fallen another five percent on top of the 18 percent reduction previously gained.

All efforts to enhance the Legacy’s maintenance program represent important cost savings for the customers, while keeping the aircraft’s high levels of safety and reliability.

For more information, please visit the www.legacybyembraer.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 35 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global airline, Defense and Corporate markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in Australia, China, France, Singapore and the United States. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of June 30, 2004 Embraer had a total workforce of 14,207 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.5 billion.
 
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