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First U.S.-Assembled Phenom 300 Delivered

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Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 300 assembled in the U.S. to an undisclosed customer. The aircraft was put together at Embraer's plant in Melbourne, Fla., and will be used in the U.S. "This is a major milestone for Embraer Executive Jets and proves the maturity of our assembly facilities,"' said Phil Krull, who runs the Melbourne facility. 'We have quickened the manufacturing pace and will be able to accommodate a more demanding schedule." Embraer opened the Melbourne facility two years ago and has been producing Phenom 100s since the middle of 2011.

The first 300 was delivered with a few hours on it. Before it went to the customer it set some records for transcontinental flights for light jets on a flight from Melbourne to El Paso and on to Long Beach. It will be used as a demonstrator for an unspecified period of time. The U.S. plant will feed a ready market, according to VP of Sales Bob Knebel. "We have found the Phenom 300 to be particularly well received by owner-operators, corporate flight departments and leading fractional providers," he said.

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