Embraer to expand Nashville service centre

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Brazilian regional jet manufacturer Embraer is to expand its US maintenance operation in Nashville by constructing a new facility to increase capacity for servicing its aircraft.

It follows the introduction of Embraer 170 twin-jet aircraft into the US fleet and the development of new types such as the Embraer 190.

Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services (EAMS) is to build a 6,500m2 (70,000ft2) facility at Nashville International Airport. It will include a three-bay hangar, capable of housing three Embraer 195s simultaneously, as well as production shops and support offices.

“After a nationwide search for a new location we found in the end that Nashville provided us with the best business option,” says Embraer president and CEO Mauricio Botelho.

“This expansion ensures we have the capacity to meet the requirements of the future.”

EAMS already employs over 200 staff at its existing 11,600m2 Nashville centre; the new facility will enable the company to increase this workforce by up to another 160.