Embraer Bulks Up Service Center Network

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Things appear to be happening in the correct order for Embraer as the company prepares for the entry into service of its first very light jet, not to mention aircraft barely off the drawing board. On Monday, Embraer opened a 47,700-square-foot service center in Mesa, Ariz., to look after the Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450, Legacy 500 and Legacy 600 business aircraft. "The grand opening of this service center reinforces Embraer's long-term commitment to providing a full-service support network for its growing fleet of executive jets in North America and signals its readiness for the Phenom 100 to enter service," said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support and Services, Executive Jets.

Mallaco said the company is spending more than $100 million to bulk up service for the fleet of business jets it is launching in coming years. The Phenom 100 and 300 will be assembled in Florida; the 100 is undergoing final certification testing and the company hopes to have all the flight hours and mountains of paperwork completed by the end of September.