Embraer has inaugurated new hangars at its Sorocaba service centre in the São Paulo countryside, doubling its useful area to 40,000 sqm. The unit, which completed eight years of operation in March 2022, now has four hangars, three of which are dedicated to maintenance, repair and component overhaul (MRO) services and one to support fixed base operator (FBO) operations.
“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,” says ES&S president and CEO Johann Bordais. “This investment reaffirms Embraer's commitment to serving its customers more comprehensively and with even better support.”
Embraer Sorocaba has a complete portfolio of services for maintenance, interior refurbishments, hangarage, airport services, stopover assistance and aircraft preservation, in addition to approved workshops for various aeronautical components. The Sorocaba service centre also has the capacity to perform aircraft modifications, such as the conversion of Legacy 450 jets into Praetor 500 jets.
“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 defence aviation customers,” says ES&S vice president, global MRO centres Frank Stevens. “The expansion of our own maintenance service network is also aligned with Embraer's strategic goals, such as efficiency gains and greater resource synergy.”
“For the Brazil service centre, this expansion meets the wishes of customers in our region for greater service availability, also fostering the demand for a unique experience during maintenance,” adds director MRO and FBO Brazil Everton Vicente.
The FBO has VIP and conference rooms, as well as exclusive space for aircraft stewarding stock, lounge and reception.
The Sorocaba service centre has received nine certifications from national and international agencies, such as Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the FAA and EASA, serving the complete portfolio of jets produced by Embraer in the business, commercial, defence and security aviation segments.