At the top end, Affonso says Embraer has sold "close to 10" Lineage 1000s, and plans to deliver three or four a year for the next decade. The first of the 7,770km (4,200nm)-range aircraft is being assembled in Saõ José dos Campos. Embraer plans to finish the green aircraft in the third quarter for delivery to its US partner PATS Aircraft in Georgetown, Delaware, for the $10-15 million completion process. First customer delivery is expected in mid-2008.
Keeping its new customers in the family will require top-notch customer service, and Embraer is spending $100 million over the next two years to set up four service centres to complement three existing facilities, plus dozens more authorised representatives, all in advance of the first Phenom delivery.
1. Anyone having an idea where they are going to set up these four additional service centers?
2. Having close to 10 Lineage 1000 (Embraer 190) sales clearly shows that it was a very good decision to follow now-defunct Fairchild Dornier´s move to offer the 728Jet as a business jet (Envoy 7), which had sold 25 copies to Flight Options and 3 to other business customers.