Embraer's New Jets Making Progress, Going On Tour

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The Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 executive-jet programs are moving forward on schedule, Embraer said Tuesday. Final assembly of the Phenom 100 prototype is ready to start within the next few weeks at the company's main plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The jet will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F turbofan engines, which are now being tested and are expected to be certified by the end of this year. First flight of the Phenom 100 very light jet is expected by mid-year, with certification and first deliveries set for mid-2008. The Phenom 300 light-jet program is also advancing on schedule, Embraer said. Mock-ups of both jets are now on tour, with stops scheduled in North America and Australia. The two small jets have already logged more than 350 firm orders in 23 countries, Embraer said. The 2007 Phenom Tour will also visit Europe, Latin America and South Africa. The schedule is available online.