Embraer gets $208.2 million-worth orders for its Legacy executive jets

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 11:17 by Aviation Correspondent

Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA, commonly called Embraer, the aerospace conglomerate based in Brazil, has received orders for its Legacy executive jets – total value of order is $208.2 million.

Photo: Embraer Legacy 500 Jet

Photo: Embraer Legacy 500 Jet

Embraer, the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of aircraft, produces commercial, military, and corporate aircraft, as well as provide related aerospace services. From 1999 to 2001, Embraer was Brazil’ largest exporter and it is one of the three main exporters in Brazil. The company’s headquarters, main production facilities, and engineering/design offices are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil.

Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), a subsidiary of the Al Jaber Group in Abu Dhabi, signed a $134.6-million contract for 4 Legacy 450 jets and 4 Legacy 500 jets.

Al Jaber Aviation’s order represents Embraer’s first order for Legacy fleet from a customer in the Middle East and is also Al Jaber Aviation’s second order from Embraer, a statement from Embraer said.

At the Dubai Air Show in 2007, Al Jaber Aviation had ordered from Embraer 5 Lineage 1000 jets and 2 Legacy 600 jets, with options for another 2 Lineage 1000 planes and 1 Legacy 600 jet.

AJA will receive its first Legacy 600 jet in early 2009 from the order of 2007 and the first delivery from the order, announced the other day, in 2013. AJA said it plans to start VIP charter services from Abu Dhabi and Dubai in February 2009.

ASAIG Aviation, a charter-flight operator based in Kuwait and a subsidiary company of the Al-Shalfan International Group based in the United Arab Emirates, and Falcon Aviation Services both placed orders for 2 Legacy 500 jets, valued at $36.8 million each.

(Falcon Aviation Services is an airline based in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and operates business jet and helicopter charter services, as well as search and rescue operations for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. The Al-Shalfan International Group is a privately owned holding company based in Kuwait, managing global assets in real estate, direct investments, telecom, aviation and industrial projects.)

The new orders, Embraer said, are included in the company’s backlog for the third quarter of 2008. Deliveries will begin in 2013.

In the company’s statement, Luis Carlos Affonso, executive vice-president (executive jets) of Embraer, said: “We are very pleased with ASAIG Aviation’s expansion of their Phenom jets order, by including 2 Legacy 500s. Passengers will appreciate the luxurious cabin and enjoy the premium comfort of this newly designed aircraft.”

Abdulla Al-Shalfan, executive director of the Al-Shalfan International Group and CEO of ASAIG Aviation, was quoted by the media as saying: “ASAIG plans to use one Legacy 500 for on-demand charter operations, while the second will be dedicated to the private travel needs of the Al-Shalfan International Group owners. With this deal, ASAIG Aviation and its wholly owned subsidiaries will have an exclusive Embraer executive jet fleet of 10 aircraft, comprising 6 Phenom 100 jets, 2 Phenom 300 jets, and 2 Legacy 500 aircraft. The company will begin receiving the Phenom jets in December 2009.”

The third order, which came from Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi, was for two Legacy 500 jets worth $36.8 million and scheduled for first delivery in the second quarter of 2014.

FAS had received its first Legacy 600 jet in August 2008. Its total order for the Embraer fleet will eventually include 4 Phenom 300 jets, 2 Legacy 500 jets, 3 Legacy 600s, and 2 Lineage 1000s.

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