Embraer Proposing Two New Jets

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Embraer announced two new jets (and possibly a new jet category) in its pre-NBAA news conference Monday. The Brazilian company said it is considering building a mid-sized jet (MSJ) and a "mid-light jet" (MLJ). It's unveiling a mockup of the MSJ today on the convention floor. Embraer has launched aggressively into the business jet market recently and the two new offerings will give it representation across all market sectors.

The MSJ will take eight passengers 2,800 nm, while the MLJ will go 2,300 nm with four passengers on board. Both will have state-of-the-art paperless cockpits with advanced graphics capability. Both will have six-foot standup cabins with interiors designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA. The company is also developing the very light Phenom 100 and larger Phenom 300, which it has decided to lengthen by 14 inches to give more cabin flexibility (it now fits a couch).