Embraer Opens Global Customer Center in Florida
The first U.S.-assembled Phenom 100 was unveiled by Embraer this week at the grand opening of its new Melbourne, Florida, global customer center.
December 8, 2011 – Embraer opened its U.S.-based global Customer Center this week at the Melbourne (Florida) International Airport. The new 58,000-square-foot facility is where customers from around the world will come to select colors, fabrics, paint schemes, and options for their aircraft, plus serves as the delivery site for all U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Embraer also presented the first U.S.-assembled Phenom 100, to be delivered to Robert Taylor, CEO of Executive AirShare, of Kansas City, Missouri. That aircraft - the first built at the company’s new Melbourne assembly facility - made its first flight on December 8, flying to an altitude of 41,000 feet and to speeds up to its MMO (Maximum Operating Mach number), reporting zero anomalies, according to Embraer.
“After 32 years of continuous presence in the United States, we are extremely proud to have reached full-fledged operations that not only assembles aircraft in a state-of-the-art paperless factory, but also hosts our executive jet customers in the equally impressive Customer Center,” says Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer president and CEO. “Furthermore, with the on-schedule completion of our Customer Center and imminent delivery of the first Phenom 100, Embraer reiterates its commitment to be closer to its customers and to maintain a strong partnership with the state of Florida and the Brevard County community.”
Embraer announced it would build the $50 million Melbourne facility in May 2008, for its portfolio of executive jets. In February this year the Company opened Phase I - 80,000 square foot production and painting facility. For more information, click here.
With this latest delivery, Executive AirShare’s fleet will grow to 18 Phenom 100s and Phenom 300s. For more information, click here.