Embraer has introduced two new business jet models, the Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super midsize, which are based on the current Legacy models with a host of enhancements.
“The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the disruptive aircraft for the entrepreneur, for the pioneer, for the innovator,” says Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Praetors are aircraft certainly in keeping with their name, leading the way in redefining the characteristics of what a midsize and super midsize aircraft deliver to the market. The introduction of these aircraft support our vision of fascinating our customers and providing them with superior value and the best experience in the industry.”
Embraer says that the Praetor 600 will be the farthest-flying super midsize business jet, allowing nonstop flights between London and New York. The Praetor 500 will be the fastest midsize aircraft, capable of reaching Europe from the west coast of the US with a single stop. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Praetor 600 will have an intercontinental range of 3,900 nm (7,223 km) and the Praetor 500 will lead the midsize class with a continental range of 3,250 nm (6,019 km).
“The new Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 will be the most disruptive and technologically advanced aircraft to enter the midsize and super midsize categories,” said Luciano Froes, senior vice president, marketing, Embraer Executive Jets. “These new aircraft will deliver the ultimate customer experience with an unparalleled combination of performance, comfort and technology.”
Advanced technology is apparent throughout the cabin, beginning with the upper tech panel that displays flight information and offers cabin management features also available on personal devices through Honeywell Ovation Select. High capacity. high speed connectivity for all aboard is available through Viasat's Ka-band with speeds of up to 16 Mbps and IPTV, said to be an industry-exclusive in midsize and super midsize business jets.
Being the only midsize and super midsize business jets with full fly-by-wire technology and active turbulence reduction, Embraer's latest offering should ensure the smoothest possible flight, complemented by a best-in-class 5,800 ft cabin altitude for passenger comfort.
Embraer is also introducing the new premium style Bossa Nova interior edition. “Inspired by our Brazilian heritage, the interior will delight Praetor customers with its distinctively elegant ambience,” says Jay Beever, vice president, interior design. “With personal comfort as the key design driver, the Embraer DNA Design will render an unparalleled passenger experience in the Praetor jets. Upon the foundation of ergonomics and superior craftsmanship, each customer's personal design style will be reflected throughout the cabin.”
The Praetor jets feature Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion flight deck with the vertical weather display, air traffic control-like situational awareness with ADSB-In, and predictive wind shear radar capability. The Praetor cockpits will also offer options that include the Embraer Enhanced Vision System (E2VS) with a head-up display and an enhanced video system, an inertial reference system and a synthetic vision guidance system (SVGS).
The Praetor jets are currently under development with two Praetor 600 prototypes in flight tests as well as one production-conforming aircraft, and one production-conforming Praetor 500 in its maturity campaign. The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019.