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Signature TECHNICAir Launches at Dulles International Airport and receives Embraer Authorized Service Center Certification. Signature Dulles upgrades its passenger terminal.

Apr 3, 2013
Signature Flight Support celebrated the launch of its subsidiary, Signature TECHNICAir Dulles, today during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at its Washington Dulles International Airport (KIAD) location.

Signature TECHNICAir also announced that it was awarded certification as an Embraer Authorized Service Center and will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the full line of Embraer Business Jets.  This certification adds significantly to TECHNICAir Dulles’ portfolio including airframe, powerplant, avionics, RVSM pitot/static testing and aircraft on ground (AOG) services for a variety of business and general aviation aircraft.  TECHNICAir Dulles also provides mobile AOG services to outlying airports in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.

Coinciding with the TECHNICAir Dulles launch, Signature Flight Support Dulles completed a renovation of its passenger terminal creating more space for customers, adding conveniences and amenities.  Entertainment upgrades were added in the waiting areas including new flat panel TVs with AppleTV, iPads available for use while waiting and upgraded WiFi connections.  Other modifications were made to ADA specifications with the addition of a new elevator and restroom upgrades.

Commenting on new developments at Signature Dulles, Maria Sastre, Signature Flight Support’s President and Chief Operating Officer stated, “We are excited about our new TECHNICAir MRO location at Washington Dulles International Airport.  As a long term, dedicated partner with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Signature is proud to be able to expand our business at Dulles, creating new jobs and positive economic impact for the Metro area.  The Embraer Authorized Service Center certification will bring new business to the airport seeking TECHNICAir’s MRO expertise.  We are also proud to showcase our newly renovated passenger terminal and 40,000 sq. ft. TECHNICAir aircraft hangar which welcomes customers from around the globe to Washington, DC.”

“We congratulate Signature for making a significant investment in the future of Dulles International Airport,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “General Aviation flights are an integral part of Dulles, comprising about one in every seven takeoffs and landings each day. The expansion of this important business further complements Dulles’s role as the premier gateway to the Nation’s Capital and the world.”

"The addition of Signature Flight Support as an Embraer Authorized Service Center is an important step in providing best-in-class customer service," said Bob Knebel, Vice President - Sales North America, Embraer Executive Jets. "Embraer Executive Jets is now at Washington Dulles Airport. This is a significant advantage for our customers since Washington is a major destination for our aircraft and one of the nation's busiest business aviation markets. The facility will provide customer support and maintenance for the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 as well as the Legacy 600 and Legacy 650."

Signature Flight Support Corporation recently purchased the assets of Sun Aircraft Services, Inc. which was a long-term MRO provider and tenant at Signature’s Dulles location prior to the acquisition.  Signature rebranded the company to become part of its TECHNICAir network.  With this acquisition, TECHNICAir, a FAR Part 145 repair station, now has 6 locations in North America including Bedford, MA (KBED); Bozeman, MT (KBZN); Kansas City, MO (KMKC); Omaha, NE (KOMA) and St. Paul, MN (KSTP).

Signature Flight Support Corporation, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling, maintenance and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than 100 locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit:www.signatureflight.com or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/signatureflightsupport.  Follow Signature Flight Support on Twitter: @SignatureFBO.

BBA Aviation plc is a leading global aviation services and aftermarket support provider. BBA Aviation’s Flight Support businesses (Signature Flight Support and ASIG) provide specialist on-airport support services, including refuelling and ground handling, to the owners and operators of private, business, military and commercial aircraft. BBA Aviation’s Aftermarket Services businesses (Dallas Airmotive, Premier Turbines, H+S Aviation, International Turbine Service, W. H. Barrett Turbine Engine Company, International Governor Services, Ontic and APPH) are focused on the repair and overhaul of gas turbine engines and the manufacture and service of aerospace components, sub-systems and systems. BBA Aviation group companies operate from more than 220 individual locations on five continents. For more information, please visitwww.bbaaviation.com.

Embraer 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 U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. For more information, please visitwww.embraer.com.br.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was established in 1987 by the governments of Virginia and the District of Columbia to manage and operate Washington’s Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, which together serve more than 40 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Va. No taxpayer money is used to operate the toll road, which is funded by toll revenues, or the airports, which are funded through aircraft landing fees, rents and revenues from concessions. The Silver Line construction is funded by a combination of toll-road revenues, airport contributions and federal, state and local government appropriations. The Airports Authority is led by a 17- member board of directors appointed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and the president of the United States.

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