EBACE is THE PLACE for Embraer MSJ, MLJ fix

Looking for more details about Embraer’s new Honeywell-powered Midsize (MSJ) and Midlight (MLJ) business jets? Then head to EBACE next month in Geneva. That’s where the Brazilian manufacturer plans to disclose pricing information and the name of the new jets, which will enter service in 2012 and 2013, respectively, filling out the company’s business jet portfolio.

During a recent press briefing at Embraer’s Sao Jose dos Campos facility, Embraer VP market intelligence, executive jets, Claudio Camelier said the selection process for industrial partners is still ongoing, but that completions will be made at Sao Jose. Embraer is working to have a broad network of service centres in place for the MSJ and MLJ.

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The company “learned a lot” with its E-Jets programme and “are going one step further with these [MSJ and MLJ) airplanes”, which will be its first fully fly-by-wire side-stick controlled business jets, and feature Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics. About 20% of the total structural weight of the aircraft will be composite material.

So can we expect to see any of these enhancements on the future Embraer commercial passenger aircraft (which isn’t expected until 2015)? “The lessons we learn in one program are taken to the next program,” says Camelier.

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