Phenom Factory Finished
Embraer has completed a 200,000 sq. ft. hangar at Gaviao Peixoto, near Sao Paulo, for final assembly and interior installation on its Phenom 100 and 300 light jets. The state-of-the-art facilities will turn out 120 to 150 Phenoms a year. It will start working on the backlog of 700 Phenoms in 2009. "I am absolutely certain that here, in this hangar, we will write a new and very successful page in the Company’s story," Embraer CEO Frederico Fleury Curado said at the dedication of the building. "This is a further demonstration of our commitment to the executive aviation market."
The first aircraft to come out of the building was the third type-conforming Phenom 100. It flew for the first time Friday. It has the new BMW-designed interior and will be used to test interior functionality and durability. The fourth Phenom 100 is under construction in the same building.