Embraer delivered its 1,100th business jet on 4 May to its largest customer, NetJets.
The handover of the Phenom 300 comes 15 years after the Brazilian airframer informally entered the business aviation market with the shipment of a VIP-configured ERJ-135 airliner.
It would be some three years before Embraer established its dedicated executive jets division, with the launch of the entry-level Phenom 100 and its larger, light-category stablemate, the Phenom 300, which entered service in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
The company now boasts a six-strong business jet family, including the Legacy 450, 500, 650E – the successor the ERJ-135-derived Legacy 600 – and the flagship E190 airliner-based Lineage 1000E.
"Embraer scored the four-digit mark in business jet deliveries in an impressively short period of time,” says Embraer Executive Jets president and chief executive Michael Amalfitano. He describes the company’s relationship with NetJets as “integral to our success story”.
The fractional ownership venture – owned by US investment firm Berkshire Hathaway – placed an order in 2010 for up to 125 Phenom 300s which form the backbone of its light-cabin offering.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows 64 of the seven-seat types in service with NetJets’ programmes in the USA and Europe.
Source: Flight International