The first Embraer Lineage 1000 business jet to enter service has clocked up more than 180h in its first month, including 110h from the launch customer Al-Faheem of Abu Dhabi.
The aircraft - based on the Embraer 190 regional jet - is operated by Prestige Jet and has been used for frequent UAE to Europe missions. The Lineage 1000 was delivered during EBACE and the Brazilian manufacturer is believed to now have 20 orders for the type, with the majority destined for the Middle East.
"The entry into service has proved to be successful," international sales director Colin Stevens. "We are seeing direct operating costs at 15% less than the BBJ and are ironing out one or two small problems. All in all we think this is going to be a very successful aircraft for the Middle East region."