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Eclipse Aerospace restarts jet production line


It has been about 4 years since the last Eclipse 500 very light jet rolled off the assembly line in Albuquerque, N.M. Following a bankruptcy and asset sale, newly formed Eclipse Aerospace first focused on maintaining and upgrading the existing fleet of jets. Eclipse Aerospace announced this week that it would start making a more advanced Eclipse 550 jet later this year, albeit at a much slower pace than last time. The first jet will take about 12 months to manufacture as the company restarts and retools its assembly line. After that, Eclipse expects to make between 50 and 100 planes per year, depending on how much demand there is for the new model. The Eclipse 550 will feature autothrottles, synthetic vision, redundant flight management systems and ADS-B capability. The new Eclipse 550 is priced at $2.7 million, about $550,000 more than the price of an upgraded Eclipse 500 that the company has been selling.