Embraer has decided to move the completion work for its flagship VIP Lineage 1000 twinjet from DeCrane subsidiary Pats Aircraft in the USA to the airframer's São José dos Compos headquarters in Brazil, starting with aircraft number five.
According to Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer vice-president for executive aircraft, the company will continue to purchase the interior fixtures from DeCrane and its various subsidiaries, but will install the items in Brazil, saving the manufacturer from the step of having to fly the green aircraft to the USA for interiors and then back to Brazil for auxiliary fuel tanks before delivery.
Affonso says the change will allow Embraer to "optimise the entire cycle time and process and capital expenditures. It was in the best interest of the two companies at the end. I believe we are concentrating on the areas we do best."