First Phenom Getting It Together
Embraer says its entry in the entry-level jet sweepstakes is starting to look like an airplane. The first Embraer Phenom 100 fuselage and wing are being mated at the company's Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil facility and the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617 engines should be installed soon. That puts the very light jet project on track for a first flight sometime this summer (winter in Brazil) and for deliveries in 2008, according to the company. "We are thrilled to announce yet another key milestone in the Phenom 100 program," said Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer executive vice-president, Executive Jets. "The advanced technology applied to the Phenom 100 product design and manufacturing has enabled a smooth assembly of the fuselage and wings, and we have already begun the production of the second aircraft." The eight-seat Phenom 100 is substantially larger than most other very light jets and will be priced at more than $3 million. A larger version based on the same platform, the Phenom 300 light jet, is also in the works and should fly next year.