Aircraft News - Latin America / Caribbean.
Aerolineas Argentinas, Embraer
Embraer is prepared to begin E-190 deliveries to Aerolineas Argentinas late this year should the renationalised carrier finalize a pending deal for 22 E-190s. Embraer, backed by Brazilian development bank BNDES, has been negotiating an agreement with the Argentine government during the last several months covering at least 20 E-190s. The Argentine government, which took back control of Aerolineas and domestic subsidiary Austral last year, reportedly has already signed a letter of intent for 22 E-190s and is close to signing a firm contract. Apr 27, 2009
Embraer's Phenom 100 has clinched European validation, four months after the very light jet received Brazilian and US certification. The Brazilian airframer introduced the six-seat aircraft in 2005 and has delivered 12 to date. The first Phenom 100 is earmarked for delivery to the first European customer shortly. Meanwhile, its larger light jet stablemate, the Phenom 300, is undergoing natural ice and lightning tests in the USA. Cold-soak tests are expected to begin before the of the second quarter at Eglin AFB in Florida. The Phenom 300 is earmarked for Brazilian and US approval by year-end and European approval in around 12 months. Apr 27, 2009
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