Embraer said that it may launch a new executive jet in the long term, to be positioned above the Praetor model line, which carry up to 12 passengers.
In an interview with Flight Global, the CEO of Embraer Executive Aviation, Michael Amalfitano, stated that the company intends at some point to launch an aircraft above the super-medium category, which includes the Praetor 600.
However, the executive denied that this hypothetical executive jet will be derived from a commercial aircraft as happened with the Lineage 1000E, which was based on the E-Jets.
“We’re going to stay true to a clean-sheet, purpose-built executive jet aircraft that are designed for the markets in which they serve,” said Amalfitano, on the eve of the new edition of EBACE, the world’s largest executive aviation event , which takes place in Switzerland.
The Brazilian planemaker’s executive division has enjoyed growth in sales and financial income, accumulating an order backlog of US$4.1 billion.
The agreement with NetJets, from the US alone, gave Embraer an order for 250 Praetor 500 jets – the company already flies dozens of Phenom 300s.
Currently, Embraer’s product line includes the Phenom 100EV, which operates in the entry-level segment, the Phenom 300E, considered the most successful in its class, and the medium Praetor 500 and Praetor 600, which replaced the Legacy 450 and 500.
Portfolio at EBACE
Embraer debuted in the executive market with an adaptation of the ERJ 145 regional jet, the Legacy, which offered plenty of internal space, however, lower performance than the models originally designed for the category.
Later, the Brazilian manufacturer decided to offer an executive E-Jet, in line with what Boeing and Airbus do. Based on the E190, the Lineage 1000 was born with a capacity to carry 19 passengers and a range of around 4,600 nautical miles (8,500 km).
Lineage sales would not have reached 30 aircraft until Embraer announced the suspension of sales in 2020.
While still planning its future, Embraer confirmed the participation of the Phenom 300E, Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 jets at EBACE 2023, which starts on May 23 in Geneva.