Embraer Displays Phenom 300 at Sun 'n Fun

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The annual Sun 'n Fun gathering in Lakeland, Fla., has come a long way since its origins as an Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in back in 1974, when classic aircraft, sport and antique aircraft were gathered. Embraer's Phenom 300 arrived this year in mock-up form. "Guests will be delighted with the jet's comfort and space and to learn about its outstanding performance and operational advantages," said Embraer Vice President of Executive Jets Sales & Marketing for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, Ernest Edwards.

The offering is Embraer's stab at "best in class" (read: expect luxury and performance ... and few discount incentives) accommodations for up to nine occupants and 76 cubic feet of their favorite travel gear across up to 1800 nautical miles at up to 45,000 feet and Mach 0.78. Not your average homebuilt (and not Embraer's smallest jet), the $6.65 million Phenom 300 is expected to enter service fully certified in mid-2009. In that year, Embraer predicts deliveries of Phenom 100 (the smaller version) and Phenom 300 jets together to reach 120-150 units.