Embraer is showcasing both its Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 at the NBAA static park with both aircraft making their first appearances outside Brazil.
The entry-level Phenom 100 is on the verge of certification, with the company saying it is on track for customer deliveries by the end of the year. And development of the Phenom 300 is also said to be progressing well since its first flight in April.
At the show today Embraer announced a 3% increase in the price of the light jet, effective November 1. It will be priced at $6.85 million, which still compares well with other aircraft in its class, such as Cessna’s $8.3m Citation CJ4, and Hawker’s 400XP, which comes in at $7.14m.
“Since its launch in May 2005, the Phenom 300 has enjoyed great market acceptance, comprising one-third of the more than 800 Phenom jets on order,” says Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer’s executive vice president, executive jets. “Even with this increase over the 2005 introductory price, the Phenom 300 continues to be attractive, as the best combination of comfort, performance, cabin space, and baggage volume in the light jet category.”
The first aircraft has accumulated more than 100 test hours, while the second Phenom 300 flew in August 5. The first four jets will be used exclusively for certification and maturity campaigns, and two other airframes will be subjected to structural evaluations. Last year, Embraer extended the Phenom 300 cabin by 14in (35cm) without impacting the performance or the price of the aircraft. The cabin extension allows for additional layout configurations. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the second half of 2009.
Source: Flight International