Embraer is preparing to mate the first completed wing and fuselage for its six-seat Phenom 100 very light jet. The aircraft's Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617 engines, already delivered, will be attached to the fuselage mid-month in preparation for its first flight mid-year, according to the company.

Assembly of the main fuselage sections and structures for the second Phenom 100 have begun at the company's subassembly plant in Bocatu, where an 8,900m2 (95,800ft2) expansion is under way. Final assembly of Phenom jets will take place at Gavião Peixoto, where a 12,000m2 facility, also housing administrative offices, engineering and receiving, is under construction. Embraer plans to produce between 120 and 150 Phenom 100s and larger Phenom 300 light jets a year by 2009.

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Source: Flight International