São José dos Campos, February 9, 2010
– As part of its flying demo tour throughout Asia Pacific, Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry level jet landed, this week, in Perth, Australia. After being exhibited in India, in November 2009, and participating in the Singapore Airshow, February 2-7, the jet’s first appearance in Australia will cover Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Cairns, and Darwin.
“We are excited about showcasing the Phenom 100 in Australia for the first time
,” said José Eduardo Costas, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Asia Pacific – Executive Jets. “Australia has a mature aviation culture, going back to the early ‘40s. We are confident that the market will be receptive to the Phenom 100, the fastest and most comfortable jet in its class, and one of the most recent executive jets available on the market today.
According to the Australian Business Aircraft Association (www.abaa.com.au
), over 250 business aircraft, including jets and turboprops, are currently owned and operated in Australia. Business jets, alone, almost doubled from 80 in 2004 to over 140 in mid-2009, signifying an increasing Australian appetite for, and appreciation of, the utility and functionality of this type of aircraft.
The flying demo tour in Australia follows Embraer’s announcement of ExecuJet as an authorized service center. The Australian company provides 24-hour service for all Embraer executive jets in that country.
The Phenom 100 is equipped with the latest in cockpit and cabin design. It has an unparalleled level of comfort, and offers a private aft lavatory, which is one of its competitive features. With a range of 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, the Phenom 100 is capable of flying nonstop from Brisbane to Melbourne, in Australia; New York to Miami, in the U.S.; or London to Rome, in Europe. The aircraft is flying in over ten countries and has already accumulated in excess of 7,000 flight hours. To date, more than 100 Phenom 100 jets have been delivered, which is a significant milestone since the aircraft was certified in December 2008.Embraer in Asia Pacific
Embraer’s headquarters in Asia Pacific is celebrating ten years in Singapore. However, the Company’s aircraft have been operating in the region since 1978, with the Bandeirante.
In 2007, Embraer set up a world-class training center in Singapore, as well as a regional component distribution center. The Company also has field support representatives and inmarket offices located across the region, with investments totaling more than US$ 40 million.
Customers in Asia Pacific include Air North, Skippers Aviation, Network Aviation, Regional Pacific Airlines, Aerolink, and Virgin Blue (Embraer’s largest E-Jets operator in the region), from Australia; Air Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands; Southwest Air, from Papua New Guinea; Premiair, in Indonesia; Mandarin Airlines, in Taiwan; Paramount Airways, in India; JAL and Fuji Dream Airlines, in Japan; and the Royal Thai Navy and Royal Thai Army.
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBovespa: 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, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On December 31, 2009, Embraer had a workforce of 16,853 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 billion.
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