Brazil’s Embraer sells two executive jets to China Sonangol

3 August 2007

Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, 3 Aug – Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer says it has sold two executive jets to China Sonangol International, the Chinese subsidiary of Angolan state oil company Sonangol, in a deal worth US$ 50.82 million.

In a statement Thursday, Embraer said the 19-seat Legacy 600 planes will be used to carry executives from China Sonangol, based in Hong Kong.

On March 31, Embraer had 630 firm orders for planes and another 558 options for a total 1,188 aircraft for 32 customers in 22 countries in an order book worth US$ 15 billion.

Embraer said this week it is opening a center in Singapore to train flight crew of regional airlines operating the Brazilian firm’s airliners. The new facility is part of Embraer’s US$ 40 million Asia-Pacific investment program.

The Singapore training center, based at Changi airport, will offer instruction for 300 pilots per year on all Embraer plane models. From next year the facility will train flight attendants.

Embraer has a joint venture in China with Aviation Industries of China II (AVIC II) to produce 70-seat jetliners mainly for carriers in mainland China. (macauhub)