Embraer Has Officially Started Production Of Its Entry-Level
Jet In The U.S.
Embraer Executive Jets facility in Melbourne, FL welcomed the
fuselage and wing parts of the first Phenom 100 entry level jet to
be assembled in the United States on June 10. The arrival of the
fuselage confirms that the Company remains on target for the
production of the first Embraer aircraft scheduled to be delivered
to its customer before the end of 2011.
"The arrival of parts into the brand new 80,000 square feet
assembly facility for the Phenom 100 was a meaningful moment for
our employees in Melbourne," says Ernest Edwards, President,
Embraer Executive Jets. "It is a milestone that reiterates our
commitment to our U.S. presence and to our customers worldwide. It
also substantiates the success of this innovative product as we all
look forward to start deliveries of the first made-in-America
The Phenom 100 was the most delivered business jet in the world
in 2010, further strengthening Embraer's increase in overall
executive jet market share. The assembly of these jets in Melbourne
will help re-invigorate aerospace activity in an area strongly
impacted by the ending of the Space Shuttle program.
"We currently have 69 qualified engineers and other aviation
technicians - some of which are former NASA employees - working on
the Phenom 100 assembly line in this Brevard County facility," says
Phil Krull, Embraer Managing Director of Embraer Executive Jets.
"We expect to have a total of 200 employees hired by the end of
2012, as production ramps up."