October 30, 2012
Credit: Credit: Embraer
Brazil’s Embraer has achieved two major milestones for its business within the People’s Republic of China (PRC). One is the previously announced deal to build Legacy 600/650 aircraft at the state-owned Harbin Aircraft Plant in the north of the country. The other was the signing of an agreement on Monday here at NBAA 2012 for the establishment of an authorized service center for Embraer executive jet aircraft in the city of Tianjin.
The official agreement is between the Brazilian company and ExecuJet Asia, and was signed here at the Orlando County Convention Center by Execujet’s Graeme Duckworth and Guan Dongyuan, president of Embraer China. “The agreement is part of our commitment to continuously improve our services to meet the demands of Embraer’s increasing customer base in the Chinese market. We have full confidence in our partnership with ExecuJet Haite,” said Guan.
The service center initially will be located in a temporary facility in Tianjin while a new permanent base is built at Tianjin Airport. This will be Embraer’s first authorized service center in mainland China. Another center already exists in Hong Kong. This new facility will service Legacy 600/650 and Lineage 1000 aircraft.
Embraer executives also stated that they fully expect that other models of aircraft will be both supported and manufactured in China. Ernest Edwards, the president of Embraer Executive Jets, made it clear in his opening remarks that the company remains committed to a worldwide network of manufacturing and service centers—and that there are now production lines located in four different nations: Brazil, the U.S., Portugal and the PRC.