Embraer Renames Legacy, Announces New Offerings

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Embraer made a splash at this month's NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention by bringing its EMB-135 regional jet-derived and newly renamed Legacy large-cabin business jet and throwing two new smaller jets into its product mix. Embraer’s first business jet -- the Legacy -- is now called the Legacy 600, a change the company says was made to "be more in line with the Company’s new executive jet naming structure." Meanwhile, the Brazil-based airframer announced new very light and light jets, respectively the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300. Both will feature Garmin's G1000 all-glass, fully integrated avionics suite built around three interchangeable 12-inch displays – two primary flight displays (PFD) and one multi-function display (MFD). The Phenom 100, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines with 1,615 pounds of thrust, will carry up to eight occupants and offer a 1,160-nm range with four onboard. The Phenom 300 jet will be powered by P&WC’s PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each, while accommodating up to nine occupants; its range will be 1,800 nautical miles. "The Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 reaffirm Embraer’s commitment to the business aviation market, started when we launched the Legacy, setting new standards for cabin space and comfort, privacy, dispatch reliability and performance,” said Maurício Botelho, Embraer president and CEO. The smaller of Embraer's two new bizjets will be designed for a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70 and a ceiling of FL410. Its big brother's MMO will be designed for Mach 0.78 and FL450. Both are expected to offer good short-field performance, according to the company. The Phenom 100 is expected to enter service in mid-2008 and will be priced at $2.75 million in 2005 dollars. The Phenom 300 is expected to enter service in mid-2009 and be priced at $6.65 million in 2005 dollars.