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Luxury jets lining up

Our Bureau | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on February 08, 2011

Embraer Lineage 1000   -  BUSINESS LINE

Apart from just military and defence aircraft, the show will also witness a sizable presence from luxury and executive jet makers.

Lured by a growing market for such private jets, global leaders Gulfstream and Embraer will be present at the event showcasing their products at Hall E.

Embraer will present the largest executive jets display it has ever had at an air show in India. The static display will consist of a Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Lineage 1000, and the latest jet in its suite – the Legacy 650, which was certified in October 2010.

Key customers

A large number of top executives from Embraer will also be present.

A company spokesperson said, “In the executive aviation sector, the company has made significant progress. Key customers in India who operate the Phenom 100 include Aviators India Pvt. Ltd. and Invision Pvt. Ltd. The latter received the first two Phenom 100s in India, which are part of a total order for 18 Phenom 100s and two Phenom 300s.”

Embraer will host two press conferences during the event and the first will focus on the executive aviation market.

The Indian Government currently operates five Legacy 600 jets – four by the Indian Air Force to transport authorities, and one by the Border Security Force, under the Home Ministry.

Sales team coming

Gulfstream, meanwhile, will show case its large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550 and the large-cabin, long-range G450.

The company's sales team will be on hand for the five-day air show, including Mr Roger Sperry, Regional Senior Vice-President, International Sales, and Mr Jason Akovenko, Regional Vice-President, Asia-Pacific.

“Our fleet in Asia-Pacific has grown dramatically over the past decade,” said Mr Sperry.

“That is especially true in India, where the number of aircraft has grown from five in 2001 to nearly 20 in 2011. Aero India provides an opportunity for our customers to learn more about the advanced technology, superior craftsmanship and outstanding performance of our aircraft,” he added.

Gulfstream's large-cabin aircraft, including the G450 and G550, are some of the most popular aircraft in India.

The G550 is powered by enhanced Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines and has a range of 6,750 nm (12,501 km) at Mach 0.80 and a high-speed cruise capability of Mach 0.87.

Best-selling jet

With its long legs, the G550 easily connects Washington, D.C., to Dubai; London to Singapore; and Tokyo to Paris.

The G550 is renowned for its technologically advanced design and was awarded the National Aeronautic Association's Robert J. Collier Trophy, the most prestigious aviation award in the US.

The Gulfstream G450 is a direct descendent of the storied GIV®-series of aircraft, the best-selling business jet in the world.

One of the most dependable aircraft in its class, the G450 recently received updates to its payload-carrying capability and performance. It can reach a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.88 and carry a team of eight up to 4,350 nautical miles (8,056 km) at its normal cruise speed of Mach 0.80.

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Published on February 08, 2011
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