30/05/2008 EMBRAER CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
Embraer is commemorating 25 years of activity in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Originally established in 1983 as Embraer Aviation International (EAI) and based at the Le Bourget Airport, in Paris, France, Embraer’s presence in the EMEA region has shown significant growth, in terms of number of customers and employees.
The Europe, Middle East and Africa region now represents the second largest market in the world for Embraer, and is the largest in number of customers for our Commercial, Executive and Defense and Government aircraft, commented Luiz Fernando Fuchs, Senior Vice President “ Europe, Africa and Middle East, Airline Market. With employees from 22 different countries, our workforce reflects the multicultural nature of the region it covers, resulting in rich professional relationships.
The facility in France was Embraer’s second unit outside of Brazil, following the establishment of Embraer Aircraft Corporation (EAC), in 1979, in the United States. Among its first assignments were the support of a fleet of 43 twin-engine EMB 121 Xingu turboprops ordered by the French Navy (Marine Nationale) and the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air), with the first delivery in 1982, and a growing number of EMB 120 Brasilia regional turboprops operating in Europe, after 1986. The EMB 312 Tucano basic trainer entered service in the Armée de l’Air in 1993, and is also supported by Embraer’s facilities in Le Bourget.
After the success of the ERJ 145 family of jets in the ˜90s, which included commercial,
business and military derivatives for many countries in the region, Embraer introduced the E-Jets family, a revolutionary proposal for the 70 to 120-seat segment. LOT Polish and Alitalia Express were the launch customers, in March 2004. The E-Jets family now has more than 20 customers in the EMEA region.
To better meet the growing demand, Embraer moved all of its administrative staff, in 2002, and spare parts inventory, in 2005, to modern offices located in Villepinte, in the vicinity of Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). After 25 years in France, Embraer now has over 200 employees working at the Le Bourget and Villepinte facilities.
As the business evolved, Embraer’s commitment to building its dedicated Executive Jets
customer support network resulted in the creation of a new service center in Le Bourget, certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), last March. The facility, along with OGMA, in Portugal, and another four Embraer authorized service centers in the region, confirms the Company’s customer focus and its vision to become a major player in this segment.