Flexjet has signed a purchase agreement with
Embraer for a fleet of business jets, which includes the recently
certified Praetor jets and the Phenom 300.
While Embraer did say that the deal is valued at
up to USD 1.4 billion, at current list prices, the company did not
outline exactly what has been ordered.
“We are very grateful for Flexjet’s renewed
commitment to Embraer through this new agreement, which reflects
the growth and the strength of our partnership over the past 16
years and symbolizes our ongoing support for their journey ahead,”
said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.
“Flexjet Owners will appreciate and enjoy a truly elevated
customer experience in industry-leading aircraft, including the
recently certified Praetor jets, which are different by design and
disruptive by choice.”
In 2016, Flexjet introduced the midsized Embraer
Legacy 450 to the fractional ownership market. Now Flexjet has
decided to convert its full Legacy 450 fleet into Praetor 500s.
The Praetor upgrades the Legacy 450/500 into
true corner-to-corner, transcontinental and, in many cases,
The Praetors have ranges of 3,843 statute miles
(Praetor 500) and 4,623 statute miles (Praetor 600) and are
powered by fuel-efficient Honeywell engines. The distance
capabilities are possible because of the jet’s increased fuel
capacity and much larger, aerodynamically efficient winglets.
With cruising speeds of 540+ MPH, a ceiling of
45,000 feet and short takeoff field lengths (4,222 feet for the
Praetor 500 and 4,717 feet for the Praetor 600) this aircraft
provides operating capabilities usually associated with aircraft
and price points a class up.
Both aircraft boat low cabin altitude, which
remains practically at sea level through 27,050 feet and gradually
rises thereafter to a maximum of only 5,800 feet when at 45,000
The stand-up cabins have flat floors and
full-sized wet galleys with granite flooring, which is also in the
lavatory where a complete vanity and conveniently located
wardrobe, with space to hang apparel and stow handbags, make for
ideal arrival preparations.
The Phenom 300 can seat up to seven in Flexjet’s
configuration, has a cruising speed of 521 MPH true air speed
powered by Pratt & Whitney engines and a maximum operating
altitude of 45,000 feet – well above most variable weather
patterns. Flexjet introduced the Phenom 300 to the fractional
ownership market in 2010.
“We are proud to introduce the Praetor jets to
the fractional marketplace and make technologically advanced
midsize and super- idsize aircraft available to Flexjet Owners,”
said Michael Silvestro, Flexjet CEO. “This order also represents
the longstanding trust we have in Embraer and in their enhanced
commitment to support the growth of our programs and of our
partnership with industry-leading business jets.”
In anticipation of this substantial order,
Flexjet has been aggressive in recruiting pilots this year and
recently met its 2019 goal of hiring 175 new pilots.