Embraer forecasts demand for Legacy 650 over next decade
Embraer Executive Jets has predicted a total demand for 650 business aircraft by the year 2022, with a total value of $24 billion, representing 9% of the world deliveries’ value. The forecast was presented at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.
“China is a rapidly growing global executive aviation market with its economic development, the gradual opening of low-altitude airspace and the continuous improvement of its aviation infrastructure,” said Ernest Edwards, president, Embraer Executive Jets. “Embraer Executive Jets pays close attention to the China market which is expected to generate great opportunities for all industry players. We commit ourselves to the market and each of our customers, with our full line of state-of-the-art executive jets and continuously improved customer support. ”
The country’s business aviation culture is gaining maturity. Executive jets are recognised more and more as tools for improving productivity for business elites. Today, the country has a fleet of 267 executive jets, 77% of which are super mid-size to ultra large jets, up from only 78 jets in 2007.
Since its first executive jet entered service in 2002, Embraer Executive Jets has delivered over 550 executive jets worldwide. In the China market, the company booked 28 firm orders and five options for its executive jets. In light of China’s flourishing executive aviation market, in June 2012, Embraer inked the agreement with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for final assembly of Legacy 600/650 jets in China, using the resources of their joint venture, the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Company.