CPI Aerostructures, Inc. has a new long-term supply agreement with Embraer S.A., the Brazilian manufacturer of commercial jets, and will manufacture engine inlet assemblies for the Embraer Phenom 300 business jets. Englewood, N.Y.-based CPI Aero estimated the contract at more than $40 million over the life of the Phenom production program.
The Embraer Phenom 300 is an 8- or 9-passenger business jet with a flight range of about 2,000 miles (3,640 km) introduced in 2009.
CPI Aero produces structural aircraft parts for prime defense contractors, the U.S. Air Force, and other branches of the armed forces. It is also a subcontractor of parts to commercial aircraft OEMs.
The first assemblies produced by CPI Aero will be delivered in Q1 2013.
“We are extremely excited to begin a relationship with Embraer, one of the world’s premier aircraft manufacturers which provides products for defense, commercial and business aerospace markets,” stated CPI Aero president and CEO Edward J. Fred. “This is our first contract with a non-U.S. based customer and sets yet another milestone on CPI Aero’s path to becoming an aerostructures manufacturer with global reach. We look forward to demonstrating our capabilities on the Phenom program and to earning Embraer’s continued business on this platform and others.”