Embraer continue to make the running at the NBAA Show, with more orders announced.
Avantair, already known as fractional operators of the Avanti turbo-prop, have today ordered 20 Phenom 100 jets. The order has a value of $57 million, and the first delivery is due in June 2009.
The addition of the Phenom 100 will enable Avantair to widen its range of aircraft on offer, and more choices for fractional ownership. The Phenom will be an excellent step up for Avantair's present owners and users.
Another batch of Phenoms has been ordered by Eagle Creek Aviation Services of the USA. They have purchased 12 Phenom 100s and 4 Phenom 300 jets, with a further 5 options for the family.The first delivery will be in late 2008, when they will join the Eagle Creek fleet which is used for Charters and Management schemes.
Eagle Creek have also been appointed to be one of the major service and maintenance centers for the Phenom family in the United States.
The Phenom is attracting orders because it has been designed with air charter and management programs in mind. It offers very high availability and utilization levels, and a long fatigue life due to its composite components. It is designed to fly up to 2,000 hours per annum, like the Embraer 135 and 145 family, which come from the same stable, most business operators regard 500 hours per year from a business aircraft to be normal.
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