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Embraer’s E-Jet sales grew 28% in 2011

Jan. 12, 2012, Sao Jose dos Campos, Bra. - Embraer delivered 32 commercial and 50 business jets during the fourth quarter of 2011 (4Q11), thus closing out the year with 105 delivered to the airline market and 99 to executive aviation.


January 12, 2012
By Carey Fredericks

thus closing out the year with 105 delivered to the airline market and 99 to executive aviation. Regarding new deliveries, one of the highlights in 2011 was the sale of 124 commercial jets from the E-Jets family, which represents an increase of 28% over the results of 2010. At the end of the year, the firm order backlog stood at USD 15.4 billion.

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Over the last three months of 2011, Embraer signed for the sale of 45 E-Jets, 33 of which are E190s (15 to BOC Aviation, in Singapore; ten to CIT Group, in the U.S.A.; and six to GECAS, in the U.S.A. – leasing companies; and two jets to Hebei Airlines, in China) and 12 E195s (11 to Azul, in Brazil; and one to Jetscape, in the U.S.A.). Hebei Airlines became the newest E-Jets operator, when it received two E190s, in December.

On December 31, 2011, Embraer’s firm order backlog for the commercial aviation segment, specified by product, is shown in the following table.

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In the business aviation segment, Embraer announced the sale of 13 large Legacy 650 executive jets to Minsheng Financial Leasing, in China, and the appointment of internationally acclaimed actor and philanthropist Jackie Chan as its brand ambassador. The Company’s newest product – the midsize Legacy 500 – was rolled out from the production line to begin ground testing. The special highlights for December were the opening of the new global customer center and the delivery of the first entry level Phenom 100 produced in the United States. The airplane was received by Executive AirShare, at the Melbourne plant, in the State of Florida.

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Embraer Defense and Security reinforced its partnership with Brazilian industry for the program of the KC-390 military transport and refueling jet, by announcing the selection of AEL Sistemas, in Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to supply three more systems for the aircraft. The development program of the EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) jet for the Indian government, which ordered three platforms, also advanced, with the aircraft’s first flight. At the end of 2011, the United States Air Force announced the selection of the Super Tucano for the light air support (LAS) program. Supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor, the aircraft will be used to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and light airsupport operations. The signed USD 355 million contract for supplying 20 aircraft, includingEmbraer Defense and Security reinforced its partnership with Brazilian industry for the program of the KC-390 military transport and refueling jet, by announcing the selection of AEL Sistemas, in Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to supply three more systems for the aircraft. The development program of the EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) jet for the Indian government, which ordered three platforms, also advanced, with the aircraft’s first flight. At the end of 2011, the United States Air Force announced the selection of the Super Tucano for the light air support (LAS) program. Supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor, the aircraft will be used to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and light air ground support for pilot training, maintenance and other required services, was temporarily suspended at the beginning of 2012 by the U.S. government, when a losing competitor protested the bid in Court.

In the institutional area, Embraer, in a partnership with Boeing and the Assistance Fund for Research of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), announced plans for a long-term development program of aviation biofuel, which could result in the creation of Brazil’s first biofuel research center. With the objective of expanding its involvement to other activities and regions, Embraer also signed protocols of intent with Telebrás (for the purpose of creating a company for developing satellites to meet the needs of the Brazilian government) and with the Government of the State of Minas Gerais (to establish an engineering and development office near the capital city of Belo Horizonte). At the end of the year, Embraer was recognized as one of the most innovative companies in Brazil and received the FINEP Innovation Award 2011, in the Large Company category, at the seat of the Brazilian government, in the Palácio do Planalto.