Gulfstream now Open in Brazil

The growing Brazilian economy means more and more companies in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere are going outside the continent to expand.

Which means more business travel.

Which means more business jets, including Gulfstreams.

Since 2009, the Gulfstream fleet in Brazil has grown from 14 to nearly 40. In the past six-plus years, the company’s fleet in Latin America has grown from 58 to more than 150.

To support the growth in the region, Gulfstream opened a company-owned service center in Sorocaba, Brazil, in March. Known as Gulfstream Brazil, the facility is located 60 miles (97 kilometers) from São Paulo, the world’s seventh-largest city by population. Gulfstream Brazil is certified by that country’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to perform maintenance, repairs and alterations on all Gulfstream aircraft registered in-country. Site personnel include ANAC and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration–certified technicians. The latter can perform maintenance on U.S.-registered Gulfstream aircraft anywhere in Brazil.

Gulfstream Brazil consists of a 24,000-square-foot (7,315-square-meter) hangar, which can accommodate a mix of four to six large- and mid-cabin aircraft, nearly 8,000 square feet (2,438 square meters) of company and customer offices, and a 3,000-square-foot (914-square-meter) bonded parts warehouse.

In July 2012, Gulfstream appointed Edgar Orsi as the general manager of Gulfstream Brazil. Most recently, Orsi spent seven years in São Paulo as South America Aftermarket Sales manager for Honeywell, selling avionics and mechanical systems and services to business and general aviation operators.

To support this growth, Gulfstream established a spare parts and materials inventory at consignment partner Morro Vermelho Taxi Aereo LTDA at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo in 2008. That inventory has grown to approximately $9 million. Gulfstream has also put more than approximately $1.5 million in parts and materials at its bonded warehouse at Gulfstream Brazil.

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