Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 300E, to South African businessman and long-time customer John McCormick. The handover of aircraft serial number 448 came just over five months after the launch of the upgraded business jet – the second iteration of the nine-year-old Phenom 300 – which secured Brazilian, European and US validation in March.
The Phenom 300E – short for Enhanced – features a redesigned cabin, restyled and improved seating designed by Embraer Aero Seating Technologies in Titusville, Florida, and a high-end in-flight entertainment and cabin management system supplied by Lufthansa Technik.
Embraer describes the Phenom 300 as the “best-selling and most-delivered light business jet for the last six years”. Flight Fleets Analyzer records a global inventory of nearly 450 examples.
The E-variant is one of a wave of upgrades that Embraer is introducing across its business jet range to bolster their appeal and help rekindle sales in the fragile and competitive marketplace.
The airframer will shortly deliver its first Legacy 450s and 500s with a reduced cabin altitude of 5,800ft – 200ft lower than their predecessors – when flying at an altitude of 45,000ft. The midsize pair will also feature restyled passenger seats as standard from the second quarter, says Embraer.
An upgraded version of the entry-level Phenom 100 also was introduced in April 2017, featuring a Garmin G3000 touch-screen flightdeck and higher-thrust Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E turbofan engines.