Special Mining Services in Australia has taken delivery of an Embraer Phenom 300E. Operated by Flight Options and based in Sydney, the aircraft is the second of its type to be delivered to an Australian customer, following the initial delivery to luxury tourism group, Northern Escape Collection last summer. It will be available for domestic and international charter services upon CASA approval, taking the total number of Embraer business jets operating in Australia to nine.
“We chose the Phenom 300E for its ruggedness and ability to take off and land on short runways and this is especially useful for the business we are in,” says Special Mining Services owner Andrew Charlton. “At the same time, its generous cabin space and advanced avionics make it a dream to fly. During our journey from Embraer's facility in Melbourne, USA, to Sydney, Australia, we experienced the full spectrum of the aircraft's performance and we are extremely satisfied with what we have bought.”
Embraer CCO Stephen Friedrich adds: “We thank Special Mining Services for its trust in us and are honoured that the Phenom 300E is increasing its footprint across Australia, a mature aviation market with a discerning customer base. The aircraft's outstanding performance, comfort and technology make it an ideal light jet. It delivers on our promise to elevate the customer experience with an intelligent design. We look forward to the continued expansion of our fleet in the region.”
The Phenom 300E inherits the Embraer DNA first introduced in its larger siblings, the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 midsize jets. The application of this design in the Phenom 300E was introduced to offer a more spacious cabin with customisation options and ease of maintainability. The jet's seats have been designed and manufactured in-house with broader backs and extendable headrests and leg rests.
An ‘upper tech panel’ along the centre line of the aircraft's ceiling has been ergonomically designed to provide access to inflight entertainment with audio and video on demand. The unit also offers a cabin lighting scheme with a range of ambient mood selections as well as sleek, silent gaspers. Bluetooth connectivity also allows passengers to view inflight information on their personal devices.
Embraer has a global network of owned and authorised service centres, augmented by support teams based in the Asia Pacific region. Its fleet in the Asia Pacific and China region stands at over 90 in more than 10 countries.