Embraer's aircraft portfolio includes all private jet categories, from Very Light Jets with the Phenom 100 to Light Jets (Phenom 300), Super Light Jets (Legacy 450), Midsize Jets (Legacy 500), Large Jets (Legacy 600, Legacy 650 and Legacy 650E) and Business Airliners (Lineage 1000).
At the National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition 2017 (NBAA-BACE) press conference, Embraer unveiled its latest model, the Phenom 300E Light Jet, an enhanced version of the Phenom 300 with a completely redesigned cabin and the addition of nice® HD CMS/IFE (cabin management system/InFlight Entertainment) from Lufthansa Technik. Embraer is a globally active aerospace company based in Brazil. The listed company is active in the fields of commercial and business aviation as well as military and agricultural aviation. Since 2000, the company has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: ERJ) and the Brazil Stock Exchange (symbol: EMBR3). The company is the third largest manufacturer of civil aircraft after Boeing and Airbus. Since its foundation in 1969, the company's headquarters have been located in São José dos Campos in the state of São Paulo.
The development and construction of business jets has been part of the Executive Jets division since 2002. Compared to its competitors Gulfstream (1958), Bombardier (1978) and Cessna (1969), the company's entry into the production of business jets comes late. Unlike Bombardier, Embraer developed its first business jet, the Legacy 600, based on a commercial aircraft, 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 with the Embraer Executive Jets business unit
More than 1,500 business jets produced
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
Project "Duet" with Porsche, synchronising the designs of the Embraer Phenom 300E with the 911 Turbo S for a limited special edition
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 stock 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
From 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. In mid-1969, Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer for short) was founded as Brazil's state 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 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 development of a new modern turboprop aircraft (project name "CBA 123 Vector"), the self-confident aircraft manufacturers were in crisis. When the company was privatised in 1994, the workforce had shrunk to a quarter.
With jet-powered regional jets and a consistent export orientation, Embraer got back on 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 1000 sold.
At the Farnborough International Airshow in 2000, Embraer introduced the Legacy 600 as a business jet variant of the Embraer Regional Jet. Almost 2 years later, the subsidiary Embraer Executive Jets was founded, in which the business jet development is still located today.
Based on the Eclipse 500, the Phenom 100 was designed as an air taxi and introduced to the market 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: US$7 million) and the Legacy 600 (price: US$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 impressed with a flat cabin floor in a stand-up cabin.
What was now missing from Embraer's offering was a long-range widebody jet: with the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 aircraft, this gap was closed in 2018. From now on, Embraer Executive Jets have options for all common categories of business aviation.
Today's Embraer Business Jet Portfolio
Currently, Embraer's fleet comprises four aircraft families:
Phenom 100EV: The Phenom 100 impresses by combining the performance of a jet with the manoeuvrability of a turboprop. As a Very Light Jet, it is designed to operate with only one pilot in the cockpit. Since 2017, the latest variant 100EV with reduced weight and higher performance is available.
Phenom 300E: Originally developed as a larger variant of the popular Phenom 100, Embraer has been offering the optimised 300E version since 2018, which flies faster and further than many competitors in the light business jet category such as the Cessna Citation CJ4. Eye-catching features include a more modern livery 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 journeys from the US West Coast to Europe with only one stopover. Embraer first sent the business jet into the skies in 2018 as a longer-range option of the Legacy 450.
Praetor 600: The Praetor 600 offers more space and range than its smaller brother. The luxurious aircraft is popular, for example, for private direct flights between London and New York. Thanks to its certification for London City Airport and other smaller airports, the largest Embraer is valued for journeys between distant and remote destinations. The Praetor 600 was developed as a variant of the Legacy 500 with additional range.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does an Embraer Business Jet cost?
The smallest Embraer Jet Phenom 100 is available used from around 2.2 million US dollars. New, the latest variant of the Very Light Jet, the Phenom 100EV, costs around 4.6 million US dollars. The list price of the largest Embraer, the Praetor 600, is around 21.5 million US dollars.
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.
|Year||Business Jets delivered (total)||Delivered Light Business Jets||Large Business Jets delivered|
Where are 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 USA, where the two Phenom aircraft families are produced. Aircraft parts are manufactured in Évora, Portugal.
What engines are used in Embraer aircraft?
Embraer uses Pratt & Whitney and Honywell engines in its current fleet.
|Phenom 100EV||Pratt & Whitney PW617F1-E|
|Phenom 300E||Pratt & Whitney PW535E1-E|
|Praetor 500||Honeywell HTF7500E|
|Praetor 600||Honeywell HTF7500E|