LONDON – A positive trend in business aviation growth in Brazil, as homegrown aircraft manufacturer Embraer recently open its expanded service centre in Sorocaba.
On June 21st, Embraer welcomed its latest hangars at the Sorocaba Service Center just outside the outskirts of the economic hub of Sao Paulo.
The new hangars are double in size of what were before, from 20,000 m² to 40,000 m².
Now the total hangars in Sorocaba now stand at 4. These hangars can perform many activities, such as maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and also houses a fixed-base operator (FBO).
Johann Bordais, President, and CEO of Embraer Services & Support said with excitement: “There is consistent growth in the executive aviation segment in Brazil and we see great opportunities for the service sector in the coming years, aligned with our growth plans for both the Services & Support business unit and Embraer itself,”
He added that: “This investment reaffirms Embraer’s commitment to serving its customers more comprehensively and with even better support.”
The completed expanded facility in Sorocaba meant that the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer has reached an impressive milestone in terms of its product and service lineup.
Sorocaba Service Center is able to undergo extensive tasks, such as aircraft modifications and complicated refurbishments. This facility is now becoming more prominent than ever for Embraer and the business jet landscape in Brazil.
Frank Stevens, Vice President, Global MRO Centers, Embraer Services & Support stated: “The new capacity in the Sorocaba facilities enables us to meet both current and future demand, not only for the executive jet segment but also for commercial and defense aviation customers,”
He later went on to comment about the capability of the facility: “The expansion of our own maintenance service network is also aligned with Embraer’s strategic goals, such as efficiency gains and greater resource synergy.”
Everton Vicente, Director MRO & FBO Brazil stated in an interview by AIN (Aviation International News) regarding the survey of FBO for the year 2022:
“For Brazil Service Centers, this expansion meets the wishes of customers in our region for greater service availability, also fostering the demand for a unique experience during maintenance, just like the recent four consecutive years of recognition as the best FBO in Brazil.”
The facilities offered here are up to international standards and will never disappoint any guests, including VIP and meeting rooms, with fully equipped lounge areas and a concierge.
The opening of the new centre signals the growth of business aviation in South America’s largest country.
The expansion of the facilities is on par with the demand for using business jets.
This is also great news for Embraer as this would lift up their potential sales of business jets, and possibly commercial aircraft for VIP conversion.