If the Phenom 300 is the world’s best-selling light business jet, its smaller brother, the Phenom 100, has long suffered from tough competition from manufacturers like Cessna and Honda.
After an impressive start to its career in the late 2000s, when it had 100 aircraft delivered in just one year, Embraer’s super light executive jet lost pace and last year only had seven units sent to customers.
In the meantime, in addition to the traditional competition from the Citation models, Embraer won the competition from the HondaJet, which in eight years on the market accumulated 226 aircraft delivered.
The Brazilian manufacturer’s response came on October 9, days before the opening of NBAA-BACE, the largest executive aviation event in the world. This is the Phenom 100EX version.
The new business jet received several technical improvements to attract customers again. Among them are a more sophisticated and versatile cabin, which has a new touch screen upper panel, wider work tables and the use of sustainable materials.
The Phenom 100EX also now has another seat, in the toilet, suitable for use during landings and takeoffs.
To gain more space, Embraer made the cockpit open, without partitions, which allowed more space for the pilots.
Next deliveries available from 2025
In terms of avionics, the jet now features the Prodigy Touch system, based on the Garmin 3000 suite. In addition, a FlightStream 510 radar, with 3D scanning, was introduced to predict lightning, hail and other risky situations.
Finally, the Phenom 100EX is equipped with the Runway Overrun Awareness and Alerting System (ROAAS), which helps pilots during landing.
“We are proud to announce the Phenom 100EX—an aircraft designed to experience excellence with superior comfort and disruptive technology that enhances safety,” said Michael Amalfitano, President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “This product reimagines the entry-level flight experience, offering enhanced comfort, empowering pilots, and enriching journeys to deliver more value to our customers.”
Embraer stated that the entire 2024 production of the version has already been sold and that the next deliveries are available from 2025. The company, however, did not reveal figures.