Patient Airlift Services (PALS) has taken delivery of the first Phenom 300E with the new Bossa Nova interior, just two months after the first delivery of the enhanced Phenom 300E.
PALS was established in 2010 by a group of pilots in the northeast US. In conjunction with the organisation's ten-year anniversary, co-founder Joe Howley took delivery of a new Phenom 300E at a ceremony held at Embraer's global customer centre in Melbourne, Florida. The aircraft will be used to advance the PALS' mission to arrange free transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially.
“We are an organisation of volunteer pilots who choose to dedicate their time and resources to serving families struggling through the hardest times in their lives,” says Howley. “To further serve the PALS mission, I am excited to take delivery of this single-pilot certified aircraft in order to provide the speed, passenger comfort and flexibility our valued passengers deserve.”
“We are humbled knowing the Phenom 300E will aid the vital role served by PALS, and we know its passengers will be well-served by the best cabin environment and lowest cabin altitude in the light jet class,” adds Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets.
Announced simultaneously with the new, enhanced Phenom 300E, the optional Bossa Nova edition interior for the light jet was named after the Brazilian style of jazz music. Portuguese for ‘new trend’, Bossa Nova encompasses a package of Embraer's latest interior developments, with features such as carbon fibre accents and Embraer's exclusive Ipanema sew style. It's also the first of the Phenom 300 series to feature piano black surfaces. The Bossa Nova interior was first introduced with the debut of the Phenom 300E's larger siblings, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600, and won best design in the 2019 International Yacht & Aviation Awards in Venice.
“Mr. Howley and I immediately bonded over compelling stories, and we got immersed discussing the inspirations for the Bossa Nova interior, but I can't imagine a better story than that of PALS,” comments Jay Beever, VP of Embraer design operations. “Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, PALS is playing an invaluable role in people's lives, and we are honoured Mr. Howley has selected the Phenom 300E to help serve this most honourable mission.”