Monday, January 12, 2009
Third 135 to Thailand
At the end of 2008, Embraer delivered one ERJ 135 to the Royal Thai Army and other to the Royal Thai Navy. They will also be used in Thailand to transport government officials and to handle Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions by the Royal Thai Navy.
The deal regarding the first two aircraft was announced in November 2007, and also includes a significant logistics package, reflecting the expansion of Embraer in the Defense and Government segment in the Asia Pacific region.
Thailand is the first military operator in Southeast Asia to use the ERJ 135 aircraft both for transporting officials and for carrying out MEDEVAC missions. The airplane for the Royal Thai Navy is based at the U-Tapao Air Base, and the Royal Thai Army’s aircraft in Bangkok.
The ERJ 135 is a member of the ERJ 145 family, with over 1,000 units having been delivered which have accumulated more than 14 million flight hours. Based on its platform, Embraer launched the Legacy 600 executive jet, an aircraft with more than 150 units delivered. In the Defense and Government segment, this platform has efficiently performed governmental transportation and medical evacuation missions for Belgium, Brazil, Greece, India, and Nigeria.