SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, 18 Jan. 2009.Embraer delivered 59 jets to the commercial, executive, and defense and government aviation segments during the fourth quarter of 2008, totaling 204 jets in the year.
Embraer officials say the company set a record for the second consecutive year, delivering 20 percent more airplanes than in 2007 (169 jets). The last quarter of 2008 was also marked by the delivery of the first two Phenom 100 executive jets.
The value of the firm order backlog came to $20.9 billion at the end of 2008. During the last quarter of 2008 Embraer delivered 44 E-Jets to commercial aviation, eight Legacy 600s, two Phenom 100s, and one EMBRAER 175 to executive aviation, and four jets to the defense and government segment:
During the last quarter of 2008, Embraer increased the number of customers with firm orders for jets from the EMBRAER 170/190 family, with the sale of 11 E-Jets (six EMBRAER 170s and five EMBRAER 190s) to British Airways, from the United Kingdom.
The new sales of the Phenom executive jets family increased the number of firm contracts to over 850 aircraft. The entry level Phenom 100 jet received the Type Certificate (TC) from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The first two units of the jet were delivered in December. The ultra-large Lineage 1000 received, in the end of year, the Type Certificate from ANAC and from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA.
In the defense and overnment segment, Embraer signed another important contract for the Super Tucano in Latin America with the Dominican Republic, besides the sale of one aircraft for transporting government officials in Asia to the Royal Thai Army. The Company signed a contract amendment with the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) for the A-1M program of AMX modernization, last month.