Embraer Selects BMW to Design Bizjet Interiors

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Embraer last week announced it had chosen BMW Group DesignworksUSA to design the interior of its recently launched Very Light Jet and Light Jet. The Brazil-based airframer said BMW Group DesignworksUSA delivered "a design solution that creates a feeling of serenity upon entering our aircraft through a simple and elegant first impression." Amenities incorporated into the designs include a private lavatory and a refreshment center, an executive table, and entertainment and communications at the passengers' fingertips, according to Embraer. "In close collaboration with the customer and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the final design solution reflects customer requirements, melding function and style," said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Senior Vice-President, Executive Aviation.

First announced in May, Embraer’s Very Light Jet will carry up to eight people and be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines. Its range will be 1,160 nm -- with NBAA reserves -- with four people aboard and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.7. The airplane will be designed with short fields in mind and be capable of climbing to FL410. It is expected to enter service in mid-2008 and will be priced at $2.75 million in 2005 dollars. The Embraer Light Jet will be powered by P&WC’s PW535E engine, and accommodate up to nine people. Its range is designed to be 1,800 nm -- again, with NBAA reserves -- with six people aboard. It will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78 and be able to climb to FL450. The Light Jet is expected to enter service in mid-2009 and be priced at US$ 6.65 million in 2005 dollars.