First Delivery: Embraer's Phenom 300 Light Jet

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Embraer announced this week it delivered the first copy of its recently certified Phenom 300 executive jet on Dec. 29. Executive Flight Services, a subsidiary of Executive AirShare, took possession of the aircraft at Embraer's headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Executive AirShare, a fractional operator, already has a fleet of Phenom 100 aircraft, which started deliveries about a year ago. "As the world's leading operator of Phenom 100 aircraft, we have been extremely pleased with the performance and low direct operating costs of this entry-level jet, and hold similarly high expectations for the Phenom 300," said Keith Plumb, president and chief operating officer of Executive AirShare. Embraer's training facility in Dallas, Texas, graduated its first four Phenom 300 pilots last month. All four already held type ratings for the Phenom 100.

The Phenom 300 light jet can fly with a single pilot and seats six to eight passengers. It can cruise at up to 453 knots at an altitude up to 45,000 feet, and has a range of 1,971 nautical miles. AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli took a tour of the jet at NBAA 2009; click here for the video.