Embraer signs Jacksonville Airport lease for A-29 Super Tucano assembly facility
Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc. has signed a 10-year lease on a 40,000-square-foot hangar in which the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the US Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) programme will be assembled. Preparation of the facility is currently under way. The LAS aircraft are urgently needed to support the successful withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown welcomed Embraer to the city. “I’m excited for this economic milestone as Embraer’s A-29 production facility becomes Jacksonville’s first full-scale aircraft assembly operation,” said Mayor Brown. “Not only does this show confidence in our workforce, it expands Jacksonville’s role as one of America’s most military and veteran-friendly cities. I commend Embraer for embracing these values and I look forward to a long, productive relationship.”
“We have been looking forward to the day that we can officially establish our presence in Jacksonville and we are ready to get to work,” said Gary Spulak, President of Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc. “This important step is the first of many that will solidify the new partnership we have created between Embraer and the Jacksonville community.”
With the support of the state of Florida, the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, the facility at the Jacksonville International Airport already is undergoing modifications. The facility will perform pre-equipping, mechanical assembly, structural assembly, systems installation and testing, and flight testing of A-29 aircraft.