Embraer expands MRO facility at its Sorocaba, Brazil site

Mike Stones

Embraer has doubled the size of its maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) centre at Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil after opening new hangars at the site.

The MRO foot print has grown to 43,0556 sq ft (40,000 sq m) and includes four hangars. Three are dedicated to aircraft and component MRO with the fourth supporting the company’s FBO operation.

The Sorocaba MRO offers maintenance, interior refurbishments, hangarage, airport services, stopover assistance and aircraft preservation plus approved workshops for various aeronautical components. The centre can conduct aircraft modifications, such as the conversion of Legacy 450 jets into Praetor 500 jets.

Johann Bordais, president, and CEO of Embraer Services & Support, said: “There is consistent growth in the executive aviation segment in Brazil and we see great opportunities for the service sector in the coming years, aligned with our growth plans for both the Services & Support business unit and Embraer itself.”

Frank Stevens, vice president, Global MRO Centers, Embraer Services & Support added that the new capacity enabled the company to meet current and future demand for executive jets, commercial and defence aviation customers. “The expansion of our own maintenance service network is also aligned with Embraer’s strategic goals, such as efficiency gains and greater resource synergy,” he said.

Sorocaba Service Center has received nine certifications from national and international agencies, such as Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These cover the OEM’s entire jets portfolio spanning business, commercial, defence, and security aviation.

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