The development and construction of business jets has been part of the Executive Jets business unit since 2002. Compared to its competitors Gulfstream (1958), Bombardier (1978) and Cessna (1969), Embraer's entry into business jet manufacturing is late. Unlike Bombardier, Embraer developed its first business jet, the Legacy 600, based on a commercial airliner, the Embraer ERJ.
Embraer private jet charter: Key data of the aircraft manufacturer
Dynamic Brazilian company and the world's third largest manufacturer of civil aircraft
Since 2002, also active as a provider of business jets through its Embraer Executive Jets division
More than 1,500 business jets manufactured
3.7711 billion USD turnover (2020)
Approximately 20,000 employees (as of 2014)
Cooperation with Boeing in the commercial aircraft segment failed in 2020 after unsuccessful negotiations
"Duet" project with Porsche, synchronizing the designs of the Embraer Phenom 300E with the 911 Turbo S for a special limited-edition model
Main company Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. is listed on the New York and Brazil Stock Exchanges, but shares are also traded on major German exchanges
Winner of the 2020 Private Jet Design Award from "International Yacht & Aviation" for the Phenom 300E
Company Management: Francisco Gomes Neto (President and CEO)
Embraer's rise from state-owned company to global corporation in just 20 years
Starting in 1965, an agency of the Brazilian state, the Centro Técnico de Aeronáutica (CTA), worked on the development of a twin-engine small transport aircraft for use on unpaved runways. Then, in mid-1969, Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer for short) was founded as Brazil's state-owned aircraft factory. This step was motivated by the military government's desire to become more independent from foreign countries.
The EMB-110 was the first aircraft from Embraer's series production. Between the aircraft's maiden flight in 1972 and its retirement in 1991, 498 examples of the twin-engine propeller plane were built. The success of the early years, driven by military orders, soon led to the addition of agricultural and training aircraft to the fleet. Exports played no role until the mid-1970s.
After the failed redevelopment of a modern turboprop aircraft (project name "CBA 123 Vector"), the self-confident aircraft manufacturers were in crisis. When the group was privatized in 1994, the workforce had shrunk to a quarter.
With jet-powered regional aircraft and a consistent focus on exports, Embraer returned to the road to success in the mid-1990s. The ERJ 145 took off for the first time in 1995 and quickly became a bestseller, with more than 1,000 samples sold.
At the Farnborough International Airshow in 2000, Embraer introduced the Legacy 600 as a business jet variant of the Embraer Regional Jet. Just less than two years later, the subsidiary Embraer Executive Jets was founded, which is still responsible for business jet development today.
Based on the Eclipse 500, the Phenom 100 was designed as an air cab and launched in 2008. It formed the basis for the development of the larger Phenom 300.
In order to offer potential customers additional options between the Phenom 300 (price: $7 million) and the Legacy 600 (price: $26 million), two aircraft families were added to the portfolio in the late 2000s: the Legacy 450 and 500 belong to the midsize jet segment and boasted a flat cabin floor in a stand-up cabin.
What Embraer's offering now lacked was a long-range widebody jet: the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 aircraft closed this gap in 2018. From now on, Embraer Executive Jets will have options for all common categories of business aviation.
Today's Embraer Business Jet Portfolio
Currently, Embraer's fleet includes four families of aircraft:
Phenom 100EV: The Phenom 100 impresses by combining the performance of a jet with the maneuverability of a turboprop. As a Very Light Jet, it is designed for operation with only one pilot in the cockpit. Since 2017, the latest variant 100EV with reduced weight and higher performance is available.
Phenom 300E: Developed originally as a larger variant of the popular Phenom 100, Embraer has offered the optimized 300E version since 2018, which flies faster and farther than many competitors in the light business jet category such as the Cessna Citation CJ4. Eye-catching features include a more modern paint scheme and a redesigned cabin.
Praetor 500: As one of the fastest midsize business jets, the Praetor 500 takes passengers to distant destinations in a time-saving manner. For example, it enables travel from the U.S. West Coast to Europe with just one stopover. Embraer first sent the business jet into the skies in 2018 as a longer-range option of the Legacy 450.
Praetor 600: Offering more space and range than its smaller sibling, the Praetor 600 is a luxurious aircraft popular for direct private flights between London and New York, for example. Thanks to its certification for London City Airport and other smaller airports, the largest Embraer is valued for travel between distant and isolated destinations. The Praetor 600 was developed as a variant of the Legacy 500 with additional reach.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does an Embraer Business Jet cost?
The smallest Embraer Jet Phenom 100 is available used starting from around 2.2 million US dollars. New, the latest variant of the Very Light Jet, the Phenom 100EV, costs around $4.6 million. The list price of Embra's largest, the Praetor 600, is around $21.5 million.
How many business jets does Embraer build per year?
Embraer announced the delivery of its 1500th business jet in less than two decades in September 2021. The first Embraer business jet, the Legacy 600, was delivered in 2002.
|Business jets delivered (total)
|Delivered light business jets
|Delivered large business jets
Where are the Embraer jets built?
The company's Brazilian production facilities are located in São José dos Campos, Botucatu, Eugênio de Melo and Gavião Peixoto (all in the state of São Paulo). A foreign production facility is located at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (Florida) in the U.S., where the two Phenom aircraft families are produced. Aircraft parts are manufactured in Évora, Portugal.
Which engines are used in Embraer aircraft?
Embraer uses Pratt & Whitney and Honywell engines in its current fleet.
|Pratt & Whitney PW617F1-E
|Pratt & Whitney PW535E1