Embraer delivered the 1,100th Ipanema agricultural aircraft, today, in a ceremony held at its Botucatu plant, located 230 km from the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The airplane, tail number PT-UYB, was received by Foliar Aviação Agrícola Ltda., which is headquartered in the State of Tocantins and already operates four Ipanemas.
“The delivery of the 1,100th aircraft is a great milestone for us, because it shows the reliability, solidity and tradition of the Ipanema in the domestic market,” said Almir Miguel Borges, Embraer Vice President – Botucatu Plant. “There have been nearly 40 years of uninterrupted production, guided by continuous research to improve the aircraft and always focused on the needs of our customers and of the Brazilian agricultural aviation market.”
According to the owner of Foliar Aviação Agrícola, Eduardo Juliani, the evolution of the Ipanema throughout the years has been an essential factor for the success of this model. “Today, the aircraft has a more comfortable cockpit and is fueled by economic and ecologically-approved ethanol, which also increases its potential for increasing income.”
The Ipanema is the world’s first assembly-line aircraft to leave the factory already certified to fly with hydrated ethanol, which is the same fuel used in automobiles. This is an option for the nation’s agricultural aviation market, because it reduces environmental impact, operating and maintenance costs, and improves overall performance, which makes the product even more attractive to the market.
With a leading 75% share of Brazil’s agricultural aviation market, the Ipanema is used mainly for crop dusting, but it can also be used to fight fires, stock rivers and lakes with fish, and combat hosts and larvae.
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On December 31, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com) had a workforce of 16,853 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 billion.
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