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Old April 8th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #281
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http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/archives/200982.asp

Embraer reportedly to decide on new program by end of year

Embraer will decide on its next aircraft program by the end of the year, Aviation International News reported Wednesday, quoting Mauro Kern, the Brazilian plane maker's newly named executive vice president of new programs.

Kern did not say which segment the new plane would most likely fit into, but did say Embraer's interest in a new turboprop has lessened. In February, Reuters and Brazil's Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reported that Embraer was considering development of a commercial airliner that could seat nearly 150 passengers, based on its EMBRAER 195, which seats up to 122 people.

Such a plane would compete against Bombardier's CSeries airliners, Boeing's 737 and Airbus' A320. Boeing and Airbus executives have said they will decide this year whether to re-engine their single-aisle airliners.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 08:22 PM   #282
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GOL to fly from Buenos Aires to Punta Cana via Sao Paulo



After renewing an agreement with the local tour operators, the
brazilian airline GOL will mantain from the 10th of April til 18 of December
charter flights to Dominican Republic, covering the route Buenos Aires-Sao
Paulo-Punta Cana, a source of tourism said.

Taty Font Bernard, director of the Tourism Promotion Office (OPT) of
Dominican Republic in Argentina, said that the tour operators who signed the
agreement with Gol are Solways, Barceló, Station, Consul, Julia, Iberojet, GRP
On Line, Sol y Son, wave and Free Way, who guarantee the ability of the
aircraft during the agreement.

Font Bernard said the executive director Solways, Eduardo Sanchez, one
major tour operators from Venezuela, said that with the
start of this air operation confirming that the Argentines are choosing
the Dominican Republic as the preferred destination in the Caribbean.

He explained that charter flights will leave on Saturday, at 2:00
morning, from the Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires, and that arrivals
are scheduled at 7:00 am at International Airport
Punta Cana.
The airline will use a Boeing 767 with 250
passengers.


The agreement will maintain contact with the South American country until December next and may be renewed, ensuring constant movement
tourists from the South American market, said the executive.

Fuente: http://dominicanoshoy.com/articulos/...lo-punta-cana/


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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:18 AM   #283
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Yep. Fast connections via Rio or São Paulo. But probably Aerolineas Argentinas will offer a daily direct flight untill the end of this year.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 08:22 PM   #284
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Brazil's Embraer mulls jet production in Russia
Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:24am EDT

BRASILIA, April 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian Embraer (ERJ.N), the world's third-largest aircraft manufacturer, is looking at producing small passenger jets in Russia, the head of Russia's VEB bank, a potential partner in the project, told Reuters.

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Embraer (EMBR3.SA) plans to the airplanes at a Russian aviation plant in the city of Kazan, and sell them to the local market as Russian companies -- including Sukhoi Civil Aircraft -- do not produce that type of jets.

"We are in talks with our Brazilian partners on the project of passenger jets with the capacity up to 50 seats for use on Russian regional routes. We don't produce such planes in Russia," VEB head Vladimir Dmitriyev said.

State-controlled VEB, charged by the government to support infrastructure projects, estimates the total project costs of "hundreds of million of dollars" without elaborating.

Brazil's state-run development bank BNDES is also taking part in the talks, Dmitriyev said.

Russia is increasingly looking abroad for technologies and expertise to help diversify its economy from oil and commodities by developing domestic industry. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; writing by Dmitry Sergeyev; editing by Simon Jessop)
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Old April 18th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #285
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April 14, 2010, 1:28PM ET

GOL and Delta Air Lines seek code-share agreement

By The Associated Press



Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA said late Tuesday that it and Delta Air Lines Inc. have asked aviation in authorities in Brazil and the U.S. to approve a code-share agreement, which would allow them to sell tickets on each other's flights.

GOL said the agreement will initially allow Delta to sell tickets on more than 45 GOL flights within Brazil. The deal also will cover two GOL flights between Brazil and Paraguay and Uruguay, pending government approval.

Frequent fliers of each airline will be able to earn miles on the other one starting in June, GOL said.

GOL shares rose a penny to $13.20 in afternoon trading Wednesday. Delta shares rose 18 cents to $14.55.
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Continental joins in deal with Brazilian carrier
By Joseph R. Perone/The Star-Ledger
April 07, 2010, 9:00AM




Continental Airlines and Brazilian airline TAM have reached an agreement to share frequent flier programs starting this week.

TAM has a 42 percent share of the Brazilian domestic market, serving 43 destinations in that country. TAM also serves Buenos Aires, Argentina; La Paz, Bolivia; Santiago, Chile; Asuncion, Paraguay; Montevideo, Uruguay; Caracas, Venezuela and Lima, Peru.

"We are pioneers in the introduction of an airline loyalty program in Brazil, and we are now extending benefits further with this partnership," said TAM’s commercial and planning vice president, Paulo Castello Branco. "This is another important step for our integration with Star Alliance."

The Star Alliance is a consortium of airlines around the world that share marketing programs and carry each other’s passengers in their home countries.

"Our partnership with TAM builds upon our increased service to Brazil and offers expanded benefits to our customers," said Mark Erwin, senior vice president of corporate development and alliances for Continental, the world’s fifth largest airline.
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Brazilian Air Force Introduces Mi-35 Combat Helicopters



07:30 GMT, April 19, 2010

This Saturday (April 17) the Brazilian Air Force Command will incorporate into the aircraft inventory of the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) the first three AH-2 Sabre combat helicopters, manufactured in Russia, out of the 12 that are being acquired.

The military ceremony will take place at Porto Velho air base, in Roraima, at 11 a.m. and will be attended by Defence Minister Nelson Jobim and by the Commander of the FAB, Air Lieutenant-Brigadier (Gen.) Juniti Saito.

The AH-2 Sabre is a combat helicopter with elevated firepower capabilities, and can be used to escort other helicopters, for air interdiction and fire-support of troops on the ground.

The aircraft is designated Mi-35, and it has been combat-tested in several conflicts.

The new helicopters will equip the 2nd Squadron of the Eighth Aviation Group (2°/8° GAV), a unit that was recently relocated from Recife air base to Porto Velho.

(Unofficial translation of the original Brazilian press release by defense-aerospace.com)
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GE Aviation arm signs deal with Gol Airlines
THE ENQUIRER • APRIL 20, 2010

EVENDALE - GE Aviation said Tuesday that Brazilian carrier Gol Airlines had signed on as launch customer for its new Onpoint fuel consulting service. The service is designed to reduce Gol's fuel spending by as much as 5 percent. Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.

Using a combination of proprietary software and consulting services, GE's Aviation Services unit will collect data on the airline's fuel and carbon reduction programs, develop improvements and then measure and validate the savings.

Fuel typically represents 30 percent of an airline's spending, GE said.
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Embraer Aircraft joins EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 20 recognized Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc. (EAH) as the newest environmental steward to join the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP). As an EPA partner, EAH will recycle fluorescent lamps and aircraft batteries, ensuring the safe reuse of lead and mercury.

“We commend Embraer for its commitment to reducing pollution from their processes,” said EPA acting regional administrator Stan Meiburg. “Partnerships are an important tool in advancing environmental protection.”

“We are committed to being a good steward of the environment and believe Embraer can make a difference by recycling mercury and lead acid batteries,” said Gary Spulak, president of Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc. “Each employee at Embraer is educated on the importance of recycling and reducing the amount of waste that accumulates in our landfills. This reduction of hazardous waste in landfills is our contribution to the community and to the world, which is why forming a partnership with the EPA is an investment in the future.”

EPA formed the NPEP to pursue the goal of reducing the use or release of 31 highly toxic, priority chemicals found in America’s manufacturing processes. It has established a National Waste Minimization Goal to act as a measurement of program success. The goal is to work with industry and the public to reduce the use or release of 4 million pounds of priority chemicals by 2011.

About Embraer

Embraer is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer, located in São José dos Campos and São Paulo also 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.

More about the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities is available at http://www.epa.gov/waste/partnerships/npep/index.htm.
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Embraer begins building first part for Legacy 500 jet



Brazil-based Embraer has begun producing the first part for its Legacy 500 midsize business jet, an important program milestone, the company said. The part will be part of the forward fuselage for a prototype aircraft.

The plane is on schedule for flight testing to begin in the second half of 2011, the company said.

The prototype will also be used in its Legacy 450 midlight jet program. The main structure of the planes will be built from aluminum alloy, but a substantial amount of their content will be made of composite materials.

In the production process, there will be a “considerable increase” in the use of robots, the company said. And for the first time in a production aircraft, the company will use friction stir welding.

Embraer, based in Sao Jose dos Campos, announced the programs in September 2007 at the National Business Aviation Association annual convention in Atlanta.

By Molly McMillin
Posted Yesterday at 2:39 p.m.



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OceanAir [www.oceanair.com.br] is now Avianca [www.avianca.com.br]

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India sees a new friend in Brazil

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First Published : 26 Apr 2010 03:22:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 26 Apr 2010 02:15:06 PM IST



NEW DELHI: India is looking for a new defence partner in Brazil as the two countries are poised to take their strategic ties to new levels.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to the Latin American giant has paved the way for heralding a new era to bring defence establishments of the two countries to launch new projects.

One such joint venture (JV) is already in pipeline, under which Indian defence scientists are using Brazilian Embraer aircraft to make a home grown “eye in the sky” system. Indian radars are being placed in the Brazilian aircraft to make aerial early warning (AEW) command and control system.

According to the Ministry of Defence, this system would be ready by middle of next year. The first delivery by Embraer is likely to take place by the end of this year. Seeing the potential of taking forward this relationship, the two sides have decided to appoint defence attaches in respective countries.

Brazilian security expert Sergio Ricardo sees a possibility of holding an Indo-Brazil joint exercise in the coming years. “But we have to start as soon as possible, joint exercises would be very useful,” he said.

The Indian Defence Research Organisation’s (DRDO) deal with Embraer is expected to open more horizons for the Brazilian aviation giant.

Ricardo, an aviation historian, who is writing a book on airborne early warning command and control systems, claimed that the Indian contract will further expand the potential of such an airplane.

EMB-145 AEW-C platforms are already operational with the Swedish Erieye radar, which is being used by Brazilian, Greek and Mexican air forces. But he said that the AEW radar and electronic suite developed by the DRDO had many new features compared to those of the Erieye.

The Erieye has well-known AN/APY- 1/2 radars, which have many advantages as they have a better electronic survey capabilities.

The delivery schedule chalked out for the delivery of Indo-Brazil AEW platform does not seem to be realistic though and delays were expected.
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Embraer works with BMW to design private jet interior

27-Apr-2010
By David Castillo



Embraer, the Brazilian private jet manufacturer, is working with BMW DesignworksUSA to design the interiors of its Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jet models.

The collaboration represents six years of work. The interior will sport BMW’s trademark value for efficiency.

BMW-style controls were finely integrated onto the cockpit layout and instrumentation. BMW Design also added several functional details to the interior, including baggage storage, cup holders, and seat controls.

Customers will be able to choose from seven different color schemes. Reportedly, 100 jets have already been produced and 600 more orders are waiting to be filled.
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Embraer Centers Gain Double Diamonds

Two Embraer U.S. service centers—in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Mesa, Ariz.—have received Diamond certificates from FAA. The award recognizes employee participation in maintenance training programs. It is the second consecutive year the Embraer service centers have received the Diamond certificate.
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Embraer Highlights its Executive Jets Portfolio at EBACE 2010

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Company will showcase the Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 500, Legacy 600, and Lineage 1000.



Embraer will participate in the tenth European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), at the Geneva Palexpo Exhibition Center, Switzerland, May 4-6. The full executive jet portfolio will be promoted at the event, presenting the entry level Phenom 100, the light Phenom 300, the super midsize Legacy 600 and the ultra-large Lineage 1000 in the static display, alongside a full-scale mock-up of the midsize Legacy 500. Embraer’s stand number 7040 will be located at Hall 7.

A press conference has been scheduled for Monday, May 3, in Hall 7 (Room 1), at 3:00 pm, hosted by Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. The focus is on the Company’s most recent achievements in product programs, as well as developments in customer support solutions.

The family of Embraer Executive Jets has achieved new milestones this year. The development of the new midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 jets moves steadily ahead, and the first metal cut was performed on April 19. The first quarter was marked by the consolidation of the production of the Phenom jets, with the Phenom 300 entering operation. In a little over a year, Embraer manufactured and delivered 100 Phenom 100 airplanes. In April, the two Embraer Executive Jet Service Centers in the U.S. (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Mesa, Arizona) earned the 2010 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond award, its highest recognition for excellence in aviation maintenance training.

About Embraer Executive Jets
Embraer’s Executive Jets portfolio consists of seven aircraft: the entry level Phenom 100, light Phenom 300, midlight Legacy 450, midsize Legacy 500, super midsize Legacy 600, large Legacy 650, and ultra-large Lineage 1000 jets. These aircraft offer cabin sizes and flexible ranges that are well-suited to the most diverse demands, permitting greater work productivity and saving valuable travel time, which is enjoyed in comfort and privacy.

The entry level Phenom 100 can accommodate up to eight occupants and has seven different 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 has 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 is one of its competitive features.

The Phenom 300 light jet 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 jet category, reaching 521 mph (839 km/h, or 453 knots – KTAS), and it can fly at an altitude of up to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). Its range of 1,971 nautical miles (3,650 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 (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Launched in 2008, the midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 set new paradigms in their respective executive jet categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and offer 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 Fusion™ avionics system will provide extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. Honeywell’s HTF7500E state-of-the-art engines incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance requirements with improved efficiency, in terms of fuel consumption, ease of 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 cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The midlight Legacy 450 is designed to carry up to nine passengers. Its range will be 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 that the jet will be able to fly nonstop from London to Moscow (Russia), or Rabat (Morocco); from Delhi (India) to Dubai or Hong Kong; or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).

The midsize Legacy 500 will carry up to nine passengers. It is 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 super midsize Legacy 600 carries 13 passengers (standard configuration) in comfort and privacy in three distinct cabin zones. 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 Wi-Fi technology enable customers to browse the Internet, access e-mail, and transfer files during trips, providing a better use of time, increased work productivity, and more entertainment possibilities. The aircraft has a large baggage compartment, which is easily accessed during flight, and has a total capacity of 286 cubic feet (8,100 liters). The jet has a cruising speed of Mach 0.80. Its 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, means that the jet can fly nonstop from Munich (Germany), London or Geneva (Switzerland) to Dubai; from Berlin (Germany) to Praia (Cape Verde); from Frankfurt (Germany) to Karachi (Pakistan); from Hamburg (Germany) to Delhi; from Los Angeles (U.S.) to Honolulu (Hawaii); from Delhi, or Singapore, to Tokyo (Japan); or from Shanghai (China) to Delhi. More than 180 Legacy 600 jets presently operate in 26 countries, with high rates of dispatch reliability and low operating costs.

The large Legacy 650 was announced in October 2009 at the 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), in Orlando, Florida, USA. Based on the successful Legacy 600 platform, it will provide longer trips for up to 14 passengers, while maintaining the same level of comfort. Its range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 km) with four passengers, or 3,800 nautical miles (7,038 km) with eight passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means that the aircraft can fly nonstop from London to New York; Dubai to London or Singapore; Miami to São Paulo (Brazil); Singapore to Sydney (Australia); or Mumbai to Central Europe. The Legacy 600 and Legacy 650 feature the Primus Elite™ avionics, which incorporates an upgraded graphical user interface, enabling smarter and faster decisions while reducing pilot workload, and advanced navigation capabilities. The Legacy 650 first delivery is scheduled for the second semester of 2010.

The ultra-large Lineage 1000 is Embraer’s biggest executive jet and can carry 19 passengers in five cabin zones. Its 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, means that the jet is able to fly nonstop from London to Dubai; from Dubai to Johannesburg (South Africa); from New York to Moscow (Russia); or from Singapore to Sydney (Australia). The interior design gives priority to comfort and refinement, and was designed in conjunction with Priestman Goode, from the U.K. The cabin uses the category’s most sophisticated materials. A wide 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 323 cubic feet (9,140 liters) and is the largest among all competitors. Honeywell’s Primus Epic® integrated avionics system 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.

To meet the demands of executive jet customers, Embraer invested in the creation of a support system consisting of six Company-owned service centers and an extensive authorized service center network, worldwide, as well as partnerships with renowned companies in the areas of logistics and pilot and mechanic training. They offer routine inspections, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and special service solution programs, like the Embraer Executive Care (EEC). The Company’s product support structure covers flight operations, and technical and maintenance support customized to the operating profile of each aircraft, as well as a new customer Contact Center. This structure makes possible a significant reduction of aircraft costs and downtime and maximizes the benefits of this important business tool. More information about Embraer Executive Jets is available at EmbraerExecutiveJets.com/.

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 March 31, 2010, Embraer (embraer.com.br) had a workforce of 16,792 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.0 billion.

This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer’s businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company’s investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words “believe”, “may”, “is able”, “will be able”, “intend”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “expect” and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.
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TAM to launch bio fuel flight

4/30/2010 2:50:00 PM


TAM, South America’s largest airline, plans to hold a non-commercial demonstration flight in the second half of 2010 using a mixture of aviation bio-fuel, which will include Brazilian vegetable biomass from the jatropha plant. The aircraft will be an Airbus A320 from the TAM fleet that will be equipped with CFM56-5B engines manufactured by CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE of the United States and Snecma (Safran Group) of France.

TAM's CEO, Líbano Barroso, says that the company honours its social and sustainability commitments through such an initiative. “We have put our best efforts in to using Brazilian raw materials in the production of this bio-fuel, resulting in significant economic and social gains. A source of aviation bio kerosene, the biomass is 100% Brazilian, a resulting of family agricultural projects and large farms in the hinterlands of Brazil that have been devoted to the pioneering cultivation of the jatropha plant.”

TAM has already organised the availability of the bio-fuel for the demonstration flight later this year. Through the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers (ABPPM), TAM acquired jatropha seeds from producers in the north, southeast and centre west of Brazil, these were then transformed into a semi-refined oil that was shipped to the US where UOP, a Honeywell company, processed the jatropha oil into bio kerosene which was mixed with conventional aviation kerosene in a 50-50 mix.

The demonstration flight will be the first in Latin America to use this innovative combination of the type of plane and engine flying with aviation bio kerosene produced from jatropha. The TAM flight will be watched and monitored by the appropriate aviation authorities.

TAM is currently studying its contribution in the development of the production chain of the vegetable biomass fuel to create a sustainable Brazilian bio-fuel platform. Known by its scientific name, Jatropha curcas L, the shrub in question is a plant that does not compete with the food chain as it is not fit for human or animal consumption, and can be intercropped with pasture and food crops.

Through a joint effort with the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers, TAM intends to study the commercial scale development of sustainable jatropha production, with an eye to transforming it into aviation bio-fuel. The work carried out by ABPPM shows that there are currently 60,000 hectares of land in Brazil with jatropha plantations. Considering the natural resources and the favourable climatic conditions in Brazil, a large amount of degraded pastures could be re-covered with the plant. To be able to attain a commercial scale of output, estimates suggest that it would be necessary to expand the cultivated surface to about one million hectares, sufficient to service approximately 20% of domestic consumption and demand.

“Airbus is exploring all types of alternative fuels because we believe there will be different solutions for different parts of the world,” explains Paul Nash, Airbus’ head of New Energies. “Any solution should be commercially viable and sustainable with no impact on people, land, food nor water, and should involve local jobs for local people. We call this the value chain, and this TAM initiative with Airbus is another step in this direction.”

Well-to-wake Life Cycle Assessments – carried out by Michigan Technological University in conjunction with Honeywell’s UOP – show that aviation bio fuels made from jatropha and using the UOP Green Jet Fuel process, can achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of between 65 and 80 percent relative to petroleum-derived jet fuel.

The cultivation and harvest of jatropha, done in a responsible fashion, adds social and economic value to local communities and does not compete with the production of food or potable water sources, complying with the principles set out by the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), a group TAM joined in 11 November 2009. The group is made up of large international airlines whose aim it is to speed up the development and marketing of new sustainable fuels for the aviation industry.

Beyond the requirements of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, TAM also follows the concepts and criteria established by RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels), a renowned international organization that is acknowledged for its technical and scientific prestige. RSB’s criteria include best production practices, and the use and transportation of bio-fuels with regard to social, environmental and economic responsibilities.
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Embraer Profit Rises to 44.1 Million Reais on Costs

April 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT


(Updates with closing share price in penultimate paragraph.)

By Helder Marinho and Alexander Cuadros

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA, the world’s fourth-largest aircraft maker, said first- quarter profit rose 15 percent as costs fell from a year earlier.

Net income increased to 44.1 million reais ($25.5 million), or 6 centavos a share, from 38.3 million reais, or 5 centavos, a year earlier, the Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil-based company said in a statement sent to securities regulators late yesterday. That misses the average estimate for a profit of 70.7 million reais in a Bloomberg survey of three analysts. Sales fell 33 percent to 1.78 billion reais.

Embraer delivered 41 jets in the first quarter and ended the period with an order backlog of $16 billion, the company said in the statement. That backlog doesn’t include 17 of 20 jets being purchased by Argentina’s Austral Lineas Aereas, Chief Financial Officer Luiz Carlos Aguiar said today on a conference call with investors.

Embraer will see a “gradual” improvement in sales, Aguiar said.

“It’s a slow process of improvement, nothing spectacular,” he said.

A year earlier, the company delivered 40 jets and had expenses of more than $33 million related to cutting more than 4,000 jobs.

‘Costs Fell’

“The first quarter of 2009 was affected by high costs with employees that were laid off,” Alan Cardoso, an analyst at Agora Corretora in Rio de Janeiro, said in a telephone interview. “After that, those costs fell.”

Cardoso, who rates the shares “hold,” expects the company to continue to be hurt by the effects of the last year’s crisis as “the aviation market is closed.”

Embraer dropped 1.2 percent to 10.20 reais in Sao Paulo trading. The shares increased 9.4 percent this year through yesterday while the benchmark Bovespa index dropped 0.9 percent.

The world’s three biggest aircraft makers are Airbus SAS, Boeing Co. and Bombardier Inc.



--With assistance from Felipe Frisch in Sao Paulo. Editors: Steven Frank, Kevin Orland.

To contact the reporters on this story: Helder Marinho in Rio de Janeiro at [email protected]; Alexander Cuadros in Sao Paulo at [email protected].

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kevin Miller at [email protected].
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TAM to hold Latin America’s first bio-kerosene flight

Studies point to a reduction of up to 80% in carbon emissions
Monday, May 03, 2010



TAM, South America’s largest airline, plans to hold a non-commercial demonstration flight in the second half of 2010 using a mixture of aviation bio-fuel, which will include Brazilian vegetable biomass from the jatropha plant. The aircraft will be an Airbus A320 from the TAM fleet that will be equipped with CFM56-5B engines manufactured by CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE of the United States and Snecma (Safran Group) of France.

TAM's CEO, Libano Barroso, says that the company honours its social and sustainability commitments through such an initiative. “We have put our best efforts in to using Brazilian raw materials in the production of this bio-fuel, resulting in significant economic and social gains. A source of aviation bio kerosene, the biomass is 100% Brazilian, a resulting of family agricultural projects and large farms in the hinterlands of Brazil that have been devoted to the pioneering cultivation of the jatropha plant.”

TAM has already organised the availability of the bio-fuel for the demonstration flight later this year. Through the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers (ABPPM), TAM acquired jatropha seeds from producers in the north, southeast and centre west of Brazil, these were then transformed into a semi-refined oil that was shipped to the US where UOP, a Honeywell company, processed the jatropha oil into bio kerosene which was mixed with conventional aviation kerosene in a 50-50 mix.

The demonstration flight will be the first in Latin America to use this innovative combination of the type of plane and engine flying with aviation bio kerosene produced from jatropha. The TAM flight will be watched and monitored by the appropriate aviation authorities.

TAM is currently studying its contribution in the development of the production chain of the vegetable biomass fuel to create a sustainable Brazilian bio-fuel platform. Known by its scientific name, Jatropha curcas L, the shrub in question is a plant that does not compete with the food chain as it is not fit for human or animal consumption, and can be intercropped with pasture and food crops.

Through a joint effort with the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers, TAM intends to study the commercial scale development of sustainable jatropha production, with an eye to transforming it into aviation bio-fuel. The work carried out by ABPPM shows that there are currently 60,000 hectares of land in Brazil with jatropha plantations. Considering the natural resources and the favourable climatic conditions in Brazil, a large amount of degraded pastures could be re-covered with the plant. To be able to attain a commercial scale of output, estimates suggest that it would be necessary to expand the cultivated surface to about one million hectares, sufficient to service approximately 20% of domestic consumption and demand.

“Airbus is exploring all types of alternative fuels because we believe there will be different solutions for different parts of the world,” explains Paul Nash, Airbus’ head of New Energies. “Any solution should be commercially viable and sustainable with no impact on people, land, food nor water, and should involve local jobs for local people. We call this the value chain, and this TAM initiative with Airbus is another step in this direction.”

Well-to-wake Life Cycle Assessments – carried out by Michigan Technological University in conjunction with Honeywell’s UOP – show that aviation bio fuels made from jatropha and using the UOP Green Jet Fuel process, can achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of between 65 and 80 percent relative to petroleum-derived jet fuel.

The cultivation and harvest of jatropha, done in a responsible fashion, adds social and economic value to local communities and does not compete with the production of food or potable water sources, complying with the principles set out by the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), a group TAM joined in 11 November 2009. The group is made up of large international airlines whose aim it is to speed up the development and marketing of new sustainable fuels for the aviation industry.

Beyond the requirements of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, TAM also follows the concepts and criteria established by RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels), a renowned international organization that is acknowledged for its technical and scientific prestige. RSB’s criteria include best production practices, and the use and transportation of bio-fuels with regard to social, environmental and economic responsibilities.
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Embraer’s stable continues to grow

By: Jeff Apter
May 4, 2010
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Embraer is ahead of schedule in achieving its self-imposed 2005 goal of becoming “a major player in the business aviation market by 2015.” The Brazilian manufacturer has come to EBACE with four examples of its current product range–the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets, the super-midsize Legacy 600 and the large-cabin Lineage 1000. It also is showing a mockup of the new Legacy 500, which it has in development alongside the smaller Legacy 450 and the larger Legacy 650.

So Embraer’s current or planned product portfolio spans seven aircraft. Its market intelligence vice president Claudio Camilier acknowledged that this still leaves gaps in the long-range segment of its fleet between the Legacy 650 and the Lineage 1000, but the company feels it has enough work on its plate for the time being in bringing the three developing new models to market on time.

According to Embraer, it had a relatively successful 2009 despite the depressed market conditions. In part this was due to the start of deliveries of the new five-passenger Phenom 100 very light jet. Since the $3.8 million aircraft was certified in December 2008, the company has delivered about 120 units, with most of these going to the U.S. and up to 15 to customers in Europe.

More Phenom 100s were intended to go to Europe, but Embraer had to annul its contract with Ireland-based JetBird because the charter start-up could not raise the capital to pay for the some 100 aircraft it ordered at the height of the bizav boom. The two companies are reported to be negotiating a new contract but there appears to be no immediate prospect of the deal being resurrected because JetBird can give no clear indication about where it may secure funding.

Embraer confirmed that approximately 100 Phenom 100 and 300 orders have been cancelled during the current recession, and other deliveries have been postponed. Nonetheless, the manufacturer expects to deliver about 120 Phenoms this year.
Deliveries of the $8.5 million Phenom 300 are now also under way. Embraer claims to have a three- to four-year production backlog of the new Phenom family, covering approximately 600 aircraft, about two thirds of which are Phenom 100s. Most sales of the seven-passenger Phenom 300 achieved to date have been in the U.S. market.

The Phenom 300 is a separate design from the 100 and is not simply a stretched fuselage. It achieved certification on schedule in December, with first deliveries going to Executive Flight Services just before the end of last year.

Legacy Series
According to Embraer, the $15.3 million Legacy 450 and the larger, longer-range $18.4 million Legacy 500 will shake up the midsize market by offering fly-by-wire avionics that so far have been available only on larger jets such as the Dassault Falcon 7X and the Lineage 1000. Despite retaining the Legacy name, the 450 and the 500 are not derivatives of either the 600 or 650 models, and their development programs involve more than 500 engineers. The manufacturer said that orders taken with refundable deposits since the 450 and 500 programs were launched at the 2007 NBAA Convention are being converted into firm orders with nonrefundable deposits.

Both aircraft will be powered by Honeywell’s HTF7500E turbofan engines, which incorporate new technology promising reduced operating costs derived from improved fuel efficiency and easier maintenance, as well as reduced noise and engine emissions.

In the cockpits of the new jets Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion avionics suite is expected to provide pilots with enhanced situational awareness and a highly intuitive interface. The flight deck has four 15.1-inch high-resolution smart displays in a “T” configuration. Standard equipment on the new jets will include systems as synthetic vision, integrated flight information and autothrottles that can control all phases of flight. Enhanced vision and head-up guidance systems are offered as optional equipment.

First flight of the Legacy 500 is expected next year and certification is expected to be complete before the end of 2012. The aircraft will carry up to nine passengers and offer ranges of up to 2,800 nm with eight passengers or 3,000 nm with four passengers with NBAA IFR reserves and a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.80. This will enable a nonstop transatlantic flight from Gander to Paris. Other Legacy 500 direct city pairs include: Miami to Seattle, New York to Los Angeles, Paris to Riyadh and Moscow to New Delhi.

The Legacy 450’s first flight is scheduled for 2012, with deliveries a year later. It is being developed for a 2,200-nm range with eight passengers or 2,300 nm with four passengers, allowing nonstop flights from Madrid to Moscow, Atlanta to Seattle, New York to Mexico City and Moscow to Riyadh.

The Legacy 650, Embraer’s seventh and latest business jet to approach the market, is a derivative of the Legacy 600, which entered service in 2002. The $29.7 million, large-cabin 650 features a new wing design (but the same winglets), LCD technology in the cockpit via Honeywell’s new Primus Elite avionics suite and a reinforced landing gear. It made its first flight in October 2009 after Embraer had quietly begun work on the program in the first half of 2008 in response to demand from Legacy customers for more range.

Much of the extra range comes from the additional 381-gallon fuel tanks in the central wing box. The new Rolls-Royce AE3007A2 turbofans each produce 9,020 pounds of thrust–210 pounds more than the AE3007A1Es in the 600–giving it a projected range of 3,900 nm with four passengers. That is 500 nm more range than the 3,400 nm for the 600 under the same conditions.

The 650’s nonstop range should make possible flights such as Dubai to London, São Paulo to Miami and Londo to New Delhi. The Legacy 600’s Mach 0.80 standard cruise speed is unchanged.

A third aircraft is about to join the flight test program and it will be used to complete avionics testing. Certification and first deliveries of the 650 are due to be achieved before the end of this year.

A breakdown is not available for the 17 combined Legacy 600/650 and Lineage 1000 orders taken in 2009 but Embraer confirms no cancellations of the $27.5 million 600 and no plans to replace it with the 650. However, last year Embraer delivered only 18 Legacy 600s–down from 33 in 2008. The 650’s new features will be available for retrofit on the
older model.

Embraer delivered three of the 19-seat Lineage 1000s in 2009, with two going to customers in Abu Dhabi and the third to the UK. The company holds orders for another 20 of the $49.3 million derivative of the E190 regional airliner, most of them coming from the Middle East. Customers include Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Aviation, which received one aircraft in December and holds orders for four more Lineage 1000s and four each of the Legacy 450 and 500.
Globe-trotting Phenom 100 Shows Its Legs
Earlier this year, Embraer pilots got the chance to show what the company’s new very light jet is made of when they flew a Phenom 100 from the intense heat of an Australian summer through an Arctic winter en route to a final destination in Phoenix, Arizona. The epic 13,500-nm trip took 45 flight hours over six days and, according to Brazilian captain Antonio Cesar, “really pushed the aircraft to its limit showing all its strength and reliability.”

Before the final leg ferrying the Phenom to the U.S., Cesar and a colleague performed 19 flights in a sales demonstration tour all over Australia, visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Lismore, Cairns and Darwin, from which the grueling six-day journey to Phoenix began on February 26.

The Phenom made stops in Bali (Indonesia), Singapore, Thailand, Chittagong (Bangladesh), Varanasi and Ahmadabad (India), Karachi (Pakistan), Muscat (Oman), Kuwait City, Damascus (Syria), Salonika (Greece), and Nuremberg (Germany) before arriving in Wick (Scotland) where Sydney Rodrigues from Greece joined Cesar at the controls.

Tail number PP-XOQ, which is Phenom 100 serial number 007, then headed further north over the Atlantic to Keflavik (Iceland), Narsarssuac (Greenland), Goose Bay (Canada), Buffalo and Wichita (U.S.) before landing in Phoenix on March 3. The airplane faced strong headwinds that reached up to 145 knots when crossing Asia and the Middle East and the harsh winter in Greenland and North America, Cesar reported.

A second Phenom intercontinental flight recently took place between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Paris via the Middle East. Over 20 days (including overnight stopovers) Brazilian captain Andre Luiz Puls Caselato and a colleague piloted the VLJ to locations including Dar-es-Salaam, (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Cairo (Egypt) and Athens (Greece), before zigzagging back to Tel Aviv (Israel), Cyprus, Sofia (Bulgaria), Cannes (France), Milan and Rome (Italy) and finally Paris. “With a lot of automation found only on commercial airliners it is easy to fly, making it impressively maneuverable even in bad weather,” said Caselato, who normally flies Embraer’s E-Jet airliners.
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Flight test: Embraer Phenom 300
By Rohit Jaggi
Published: May 4 2010 00:07 | Last updated: May 4 2010 00:07



Rohit Jaggi’s flight test of the Embraer Phenom 300 jet


Alpine peaks marked on the moving map in front of me, and easily seen as sharp peaks of white beneath me, move almost indecently quickly down the map as the Phenom 300 I am flying pierces a brilliant blue European sky.

Embraer’s light jet, the first of which was delivered earlier this year, has landed in its class at the same time as a newly designed rival from established business jet maker Cessna, the Citation CJ4. How they match up will have a direct effect on how quickly they end up flying off their production lines.

The 300 is big brother to the Phenom 100, which I tested last year, but Brazil’s Embraer is quick to point out that the bigger aircraft is not just a stretched version. What they do share, however, is the hopes of their manufacturer.

Embraer, which had $5.4bn in revenues last year, is the third-largest commercial aircraft maker in the world and has built more than 6,500 aircraft in its 40-year history. But like all others in the sector it has been hit hard by the global economic downturn – for example having to cut its worldwide workforce from 23,500 in 2008 to 16,800 last year.

Despite that it has set its sights on becoming a “major player” in the business aviation sector by 2015 and the Phenoms are the first purpose-designed aircraft it has fielded in that category – its Legacy 600 and 650 are developed from its commercial jets, as is the Lineage 1000.

The Phenom 100, the first of which was delivered at the end of 2008, propelled Embraer’s share of the business jet market to 14 per cent last year from 3.3 per cent in 2008 and 3.5 per cent the year before.

A third of the 600 firm orders for Phenoms worldwide are for the 300 model, and Embraer expects to produce 120 Phenoms of both types in 2010. Total backlog, across commercial, defence and executive aircraft, is “a little over $16bn”, says Colin Steven, vice-president of marketing and sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in the executive jets division.

The $3.75m Phenom 100 was intended as an entry level jet – and was also eagerly taken up by companies vying for the air taxi market. The $8.14m 300 ($8.5m for the European-certified version), which can seat up to 10 including pilots, is more of “an entry level for corporate flight departments”, says Embraer. But both are approved for single-pilot operation, and for both aircraft the owner-pilot is part of the intended market.



Passenger cabin of an Embraer Phenom 300 jet


High off the ground, and reached by a drop-down door with steps on it just like larger aircraft, the cabin feels spacious and light, and the toilet compartment is private enough to be an option in more than the most urgent of emergencies – especially important given a maximum endurance of about five hours. Some of the cabin plastic mouldings feel a touch flimsy – but then weight is the enemy of performance in aircraft even more than cars, and the extra weight needed to strengthen the non-round shape had to come off somewhere.

Another automobile-like idea is that of a dark cockpit, where warning lights flash when something goes wrong or urgently needs attention, but otherwise the panel stays in the background to allow the pilot to get on with flying the aircraft.

The avionics are an Embraer-developed refinement of the Garmin 1000 system, which has quickly made itself an industry standard for lighter jets and high-performance propeller aircraft. Embraer’s changes mean there are sometimes a number of options for carrying out any particular task, but every pilot will grow accustomed to using the one they are most comfortable with.

The architecture of the system means it is easily upgradeable – for example with synthetic vision, aiding low-visibility flying.The level of integration of systems is also extensive. Embraer’s development of an already very clever Garmin system means that more functions are performed automatically. For example when I start the engines the red flashing beacon is automatically switched on. One fewer thing to tick on the checklist.

The 300 has two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535-E engines, each with 3,200 lbf of thrust, against half that thrust from the PW617F-E turbofans of the Phenom 100.

The power of the larger engines is immediately apparent as I release the brakes on the runway at Le Castellet airport in southern France. Everything not properly stowed takes a large jump backwards as the Phenom 300 dashes forward with the urgency of one of the cars noisily zooming around the neighbouring Paul Ricard car racetrack.

Climbing swiftly above the trees and hills that shelter the runway, turbulence has the aircraft snaking slightly through the air like a powerful car on ice, and my feet dancing on the rudder pedals. Seeing a rate of climb just short of 5,000ft per minute on the vertical speed indicator adds to the impression of power – best time to its ceiling of 45,000ft is 26 minutes.

Many of the 300’s numbers are better than expected. Takeoff field length at maximum weight is 3,138 ft, against an original projection of 3,700ft.

Operating from hot and high airports, such as Colorado’s Aspen in the summer, should be possible without sacrificing too much in range and payload. Maximum range, at long-range cruise with six on board, is 1,971 nautical miles with fuel reserves. That’s only a whisker short of the CJ4’s top-speed range, which it will better at long-range cruise.

Our destination, Friedrichshafen, is just 300nm away on the German side of Lake Constance. The Phenom 300’s top speed of 453 kts would make short work of that, however circuitous the routing from air traffic controllers, but a more normal cruise is not as fast. At 28,000 ft, above the snow-covered Alps of France and Switzerland, a relaxed 85 per cent of engine power gives us M 0.77 with an indicated speed of 302 knots, a tailwind helping to push our ground speed up to 467 kts.

Handling is solid, giving the feel of a much larger jet. The 300 is as happy for me to fly it like a bigger aircraft too, managing our progress through a very capable autopilot.

Descending in a perfectly clear sky and turning south to land, Switzerland’s mountains in the background beyond the lake, the Zeppelin hanger marks the midpoint of Friedrichshafen’s runway. Pulling my attention back to the approach end, the Phenom is easy to keep on the glide path. If the speed bleeds away, a touch on the throttle, connected to the engines through twin fully automated digital engine control (Fadec) systems, brings in the required power.

Compliant suspension flatters my touchdown such that the line between flying and rolling down the runway on our wheels is blurred. Pilots and passengers alike will be pleased with that sort of performance.

A brake-by-wire system with anti-lock capability allows us to take an early turn-off but, off the runway, the heat in the carbon brakes makes them grabby, so initially our progress along the sun-soaked Friedrichshafen taxiways is far from smooth. Again, the required level of delicacy needs to be dialled in.

The bigger Phenom is has a sticker price lower than its newest rival, the CJ4. But performance through the sky is as important as through the financial books. Compared with the aircraft from long-established business jet maker Cessna, the 300 has a shorter but roomier cabin, can cruise at roughly the same speeds but loses out slightly on range.

Both aircraft have 5,000-hour gaps between overhauls for their engines but Embraer, as befits its background, claims that it has built a light corporate aircraft that can be pressed into jetliner-like levels of use. Time in service will tell whether it has succeeded. But, so far, the Brazilian manufacturer looks like it has a chance of hitting the numbers on its business jet strategy.
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