Aircraft Will Serve In Presidential Fleet
Embraer signed a contract this week
for the sale of two E-190 jets to the Brazilian government for
transporting official personnel. The aircraft will be configured
specifically for this purpose and will be operated by the Special
Transportation Group (Grupo de Transporte Especial – GTE) of
the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira
– FAB), which serves the President of the Republic,
Ministries, Presidential Departments, and officials from the
Legislative and Judiciary Branches.
"It will be an honor and a source of pride for all of
Embraer’s employees to see our Embraer 190 flying in the
colors of the Federal Republic of Brazil," said Embraer President
and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado. "We are certain that the
attributes that have provided the underpinnings of the success of
this aircraft model, worldwide – comfort, safety,
performance, advanced technology, and economical operations –
will contribute to the excellence of the GTE’s operations, as
it fulfills its mission within the scope of the Brazilian Air Force
and the Brazilian government."
The aircraft will be configured with special communications
systems, providing maximum security levels, as well as a private
area for the President, including space for meetings. It will also
have a capacity for carrying around 40 passengers with a range,
from Brasília, that covers all of South America, thus
offering great operational flexibility for its designated missions.
"Embraer is a worldwide benchmark for the aeronautical industry,
and the purchase of these new aircraft is in harmony with the
objectives of the Nation’s industrial development policies,"
said Aeronautics Commander, General Juniti Saito.
The FAB already operates other transportation aircraft
manufactured by Embraer, like the ERJ 145, Legacy 600, and EMB 120
Brasilia models. Besides these, other members of the military fleet
projected and manufactured in Brazil are the AMX, Tucano, Super
Tucano, and the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
airplanes operated by the Amazon Surveillance System (Sistema de
Vigilância da Amazônia – SIVAM).