Embraer customer center in Florida should be open by year end
First US assembled Phenom 100 will make maiden flight soon
is on schedule to open its new business jet customer center in Melbourne, Florida,
later this year. As progress continues on the new center, the first Phenom 100
to be assembled at the nearby final assembly site is nearing first flight.
The opening of the Melbourne facility is part of Embraer’s broader strategy
of bringing operations closer to customers and to its largest market, as the company’s
first industrial site in the US.
The plant started operations there earlier this year with production of the
Phenom 100 executive jet.
“With the production hangar and paint facility fully operayional, the upcoming opening of the new customer center will complete our plans on schedule,” said Robert Knebel, vice president,
Sales, US, Canada and the Caribbean – Embraer Executive Jets.
At the new center, customers
will be able to design the interiors of their Phenom, Legacy and Lineage executive
jets. The one-of-a-kind new showroom will display full size aircraft cabin
mock-ups and a vast collection of interior finishing materials from which
customers from both domestic and international markets will choose.
The first Phenom 100 is
currently having its interior installed and will go to the paint hangar the
first week in November. The wing mate on the second aircraft is now complete.
The third aircraft subassemblies are on site in the plant.
In 2012, Embraer expects to
deliver 31 Phenom 100s from the facility.