Embraer says it detects strong signs of recovery in business aircraft sales, with owner-flyers, a strengthening charter segment and new corporate customers in emerging markets driving interest.
"We had a very good May and June," Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets, said at the AirVenture show at Oshkosh. "If we can get three to four months of continued sales growth, I could see it being sustained."In June, the Brazilian manufacturer opened its US assembly plant for its Phenom types in Melbourne, Florida and is on track to deliver its first Phenom 100 from the factory by the end of the year.
It is targeting 31 deliveries of the entry-level jets and its larger light jet sibling, the Phenom 300, from Melbourne in 2012. Customers can opt to have their aircraft built in Melbourne or Embraer's plant in Brazil. Embraer is exhibiting the Phenom 100 and 300 at Oshkosh.