Brazil’s Jet Maker Embraer Grew 20% in 2008

Embraer's Super Tucano Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer delivered 59 jets to the commercial, executive, and defense and government aviation segments during the fourth quarter of 2008, totaling 204 jets in the year.

For the second consecutive year, the Company set a new aircraft delivery record, delivering 20% more airplanes than in 2007 (169 jets). The last quarter of 2008 was also marked by the delivery of the first two Phenom 100 executive jets. The value of the firm order backlog came to US$ 20.9 billion on December 31, 2008.

During the last three months of 2008, Embraer delivered 44 E-Jets to commercial aviation, eight Legacy 600s, two Phenom 100s, and one Embraer 175 to executive aviation, and four jets to the defense and government segment:

   Deliveries by Segment                    4Q08               2008

  Commercial Aviation                         44                162
      ERJ 145                                  -                  6
      Embraer 170                              5                  9
      Embraer 175                             14                 55
      Embraer 190                             20              78 (1)
      Embraer 195                              5                 14

  Executive Aviation                          11                 36
      Phenom 100                               2                  2
      Legacy 600                               8                 33
      Embraer 175                              1                  1

  Defense and Government*                      4                  6
      ERJ 135                                  2                  2
      ERJ 145                                  -                  1
      Legacy 600                               2                  3

  TOTAL                                       59                204

 

*Includes the delivery of executive jets configured to transport officials and aircraft delivered to state-owned companies. Numbers in parentheses represent operational leasing.

During the last quarter of 2008, Embraer increased the number of customers with firm orders for jets from the Embraer 170/190 family, with the sale of 11 E-Jets (six Embraer 170s and five Embraer 190s) to British Airways, from the United Kingdom.

The Company delivered the first Embraer 190s to Holland's KLM Cityhopper, and Embraer 195s to Azul Linhas Aereas, which is the first Brazilian airline to operate an E-Jet. Regional – Compagnie Aerienne Europeene, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air France, received the 500th E-Jet.

On December 31, 2008, Embraer's Commercial Aviation order book, by product, was:

                                                                    Firm
                                         Firm                       Order
     Aircraft Type                      Orders  Options Deliveries  Backlog

     ERJ 145 Family
        ERJ 135                           108      -       108        –
        ERJ 140                            74      -        74        –
        ERJ 145                           733      50      693        40
     Total – ERJ 145 Family               915      50      875        40

     Embraer 170/190 Family
        Embraer 170                       193      93      148        45
        Embraer 175                       134     173      114        20
        Embraer 190                       438     466      201       237
        Embraer 195                       111      78       27        84
     Total – Embraer 170/190 Family       876     810      490       386

     TOTAL                              1,791     860    1,365       426

 

Note: Deliveries and the firm order backlog include aircraft sold by the Defense and Government segment to State-owned company (Satena and TAME).

The new sales of the Phenom executive jets family increased the number of firm contracts to over 850 aircraft. The entry level Phenom 100 jet received the Type Certificate (TC) from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The first two units of the jet were delivered in December. The ultra-large Lineage 1000 received, in the end of year, the Type Certificate from ANAC and from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA.

In the defense and government segment, Embraer signed another important contract for the Super Tucano in Latin America with the Dominican Republic, besides the sale of one aircraft for transporting government officials in Asia to the Royal Thai Army. The Company signed a contract amendment with the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) for the A-1M program of AMX modernization, in December.

Embraer 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, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore.

Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On December 31, 2008, Embraer had a workforce of 23,509 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 20.9 billion.

Super Tucano to Dominican Republic

Embraer confirmed the sale of eight Super Tucano aircraft to the government of the Dominican Republic through a contract that was finalized at the end of last year. The aircraft will be operated by the nation's Air Force to perform internal security and border patrol missions, within an operations theater focusing on fighting the drug traffic. This is the third export contract for the aircraft, after sales that were made to the Air Forces of Colombia (FAC) and Chile (FACH).

To date, 63 units of the Super Tucano have already been delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) and 25 to the FAC, and they are successfully used for border surveillance and other operational missions. In all, 144 aircraft have been sold to four Latin American customers.

The FAC received its 25th Super Tucano in August of last year, thus finalizing the deliveries begun to this customer, in December 2006. The contract was the first export of this aircraft, and the agreement included TOSS (Training and Operation Support System), an advanced training and operational support system with ground stations. The FACH agreement for the sale of 12 aircraft was also announced by Embraer in August 2008.

The Super Tucano went into operation with the FAB in December 2003, to be used for pilot training, as well as for operational missions. This capability ranks the Super Tucano as the world's only aircraft in production that is able to handle advanced pilot training and surveillance and counter-insurgency missions, even at night, using night vision goggles and electro-optical and infrared sensors.

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  • falupa

    Promotion site for Embraer
    This site is always promoting Embraer. This is ridiculous. Embraer is just a small part of the Brazilian economy. Let’s hear about the economy outside of Embraer. They even have how many jets have been purchased? Wow!

  • ch.c.

    Somewhat right Falupa !
    They give a lot of numbers, but not the annual sales ALL combined of the company !
    After all 1 airplane model is not equal to another airplane model. Thus the numbers of planes are IRRELEVANT !

    Now this is the 2009 estimates, made in November, for the number of planes to be delivered :
    “In November, the company cut its jet delivery forecast for 2009 to 270 jets from a previous estimate of 315 to 350.”
    And you can be sure, further estimates cut lie ahead for 2009 deliveries !

    And their 2008 3rd quarter numbers were
    Nov 4, Embraer said late Monday its third-quarter earnings fell to $57.7 million from $194.9 million in the year-ago period. The Brazilian manufacturer blamed volatility of the country’s currency for its weaker results. Revenue increased 8.2% to $1.55 billion from $1.45 billion. The company said it delivered 48 jets in the most recent quarter, compared to 47 a year ago.”

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