Sao Paulo, Brazil, 11 July – Brazil’s Embraer, the fourth largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, said Monday it had sold eight jets to Taiwan’s Mandarin Airlines.
The jets were sold via a leasing contract signed with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), with deliveries set for the second half of 2007, the Brazilian company said in a statement.
Mandarin Airlines will use the Embraer jets to replace its Focker 100 and Focker 150 aircraft on domestic routes, as well as for developing short-haul routes in Asia.
Embraer also said it would expand its support network in the Asia Pacific region, through the creation of a logistics center.
‘We are in the final phase of the process of choosing a location for building this center, which aims to increase support for Mandarin and its customers in the region, with operations beginning in the second half of 2007,” said Embraer’s vice president, Frederico Fleury curado.
Mandarin Airlines is a subsidiary of China Airlines and has 65 daily departures to 19 destinations in Taiwan and the surrounding region.
In 2002, through a joint venture with the China Aviation industry Corporation, Embraer set up its first foreign unit.
The Harbin Embraer Aircraft industry Company is located in the city of Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, in Northeast China. (macauhub)