Superior Capital Holdings, a corporate operator based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has taken delivery of the 600th Phenom 300. The Phenom 300, which recently became the world's best-selling light jet for the ninth consecutive year and the most delivered twinjet of 2020, based on year-end aircraft billing and shipment reports by GAMA, will be used to support the company's business operations throughout the US.
“We are honoured to reach this milestone as the popularity and continued success of the Phenom 300 series is a direct reflection of our commitment to providing the ultimate customer experience in business aviation,” says Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “This best-in-class aircraft continues to outperform in the light jet segment with its speed, range, comfort and technology, solidifying the Phenom 300 series global leadership position in the industry.”
Superior Capital Holdings previously operated a single engine turboprop TBM 900 but after experiencing a flight in the Phenom 300, decided the aircraft was the best choice for its business. The customer, a first-time jet buyer, upgraded based on the need for enhanced cabin comfort, increased speed and exceptional safety, as many of its trips involve routes over 1,000 nm. In addition to the Phenom 300's enhanced capabilities based on favourable field performance, the aircraft maintains airport flexibility with dependable maintenance and best-in-class operating cost, comparable to many turboprops. The comfort of the seats, with recline and full movement capability, are further enhanced by good cabin pressurisation among light jets (6,600 ft. maximum cabin altitude).
Originally launched in 2005, the Phenom 300 series is in operation in more than 35 countries and has accumulated more than 1.2 million flight hours. The milestone aircraft delivered to Superior Capital Holdings is the Phenom 300E, the newest enhanced iteration of the light jet. With its technology, comfort and performance, the Phenom 300E sets a high standard. In terms of performance, the enhanced Phenom 300E is even faster, capable of reaching Mach 0.80, becoming the fastest single-pilot jet in production. The aircraft is capable of a high-speed cruise of 464 kts and a five-occupant range of 2,010 nm with NBAA IFR reserves.
Additional technology enhancements include an avionics upgrade, featuring a runway overrun awareness and alerting system (ROAAS), the first technology of its kind to be developed and certified in business aviation, as well as predictive windshear, emergency descent mode, PERF, TOLD, and FAA datacom, among others. The Phenom 300E also features 4G connectivity via Gogo Avance L5.
The 300E features a quieter cabin thanks to noise-reducing improvements, as well as extended seat tracking in the cockpit to offer pilots more legroom and comfort. Since its market inception, the Phenom 300 series has grown more than seven per cent per year.