November 13, 2012
Embraer Executive Jets sees demand for 650 Executive Jets in China in next decade
Embraer Executive Jets presented its business aviation market outlook at the 9th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China 2012) in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. The forecast predicts a total demand for 650 business aircraft by the year 2022, with a total value of US$24bn, representing 9% of the world deliveries’ value. The company’s in-depth analysis shows that the overall environment in China is fostering the development of its business aviation. The rapid development of its national economy generates more Chinese companies listed on Fortune 500 and more High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNWI) as well. Data show the annual growth rate of the country’s HNWI (with investable assets over 10 million RMB) stayed at 25% over the past five years. In addition, the latest Hurun Report, the authority in monitoring the wealthy in China, indicates billionaires (in RMB) in China increased by 87% in 2012 over 2011. The country’s business aviation culture is gaining maturity. Executive jets are recognized more and more as tools for improving productivity for business elites. Today, the country has a fleet of 267 executive jets, 77% of which are super mid-size to ultra large jets, up from only 78 jets in 2007. Since its first executive jet entered service in 2002, Embraer Executive Jets has delivered over 550 executive jets worldwide. In the China market, the company booked 28 firm orders and five options for its executive jets. In light of China’s flourishing executive aviation market, in June 2012, Embraer inked the agreement with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for final assembly of Legacy 600/650 jets in China, using the resources of their joint venture, the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co.