Embraer introduces new Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 business jets
Embraer has announced the new Praetor 500 mid-size and Praetor 600 super-mid-size business jets.
Embraer made the announcement during a company event at Orlando Executive Airport, where the 2018 National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is taking place from October 16-18.
The Praetor jets will introduce unprecedented range into their categories, Embraer says.
The Praetor 600 will be the farthest-flying super-mid-size business jet, allowing non-stop flights between London and New York. The Praetor 500 will be the fastest mid-size aircraft, capable of reaching Europe from the west coast of the US with a single stop.
With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Praetor 600 will have an intercontinental range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 km), and the Praetor 500 will have a continental range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km).
“Disruptive by choice”
Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets, said: “The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the disruptive aircraft for the entrepreneur, for the pioneer, for the innovator. The Praetors are aircraft certainly in keeping with their name, leading the way in redefining the characteristics of what a mid-size and super-mid-size aircraft deliver to the market. The introduction of these aircraft supports our vision of fascinating our customers and providing them with superior value and the best experience in the industry."
Luciano Froes, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Embraer Executive Jets, added: "The new Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 will be the most disruptive and technologically advanced aircraft to enter the mid-size and super-mid-size categories. Different by design and disruptive by choice, these new aircraft will deliver the ultimate customer experience with an unparalleled combination of performance, comfort and technology.”
The Praetor aircraft include an Upper Tech Panel that displays flight information and offers cabin management features also available on personal devices through Honeywell Ovation Select.
High-capacity, high-speed connectivity is available for all passengers via Viasat’s Ka-band with speeds of up to 16Mbps, as well as IPTV.
To celebrate the new aircraft, Embraer is also introducing the new premium-style Bossa Nova interior edition, inspired by the company’s Brazilian heritage.
The Praetor jets are currently under development with two Praetor 600 prototypes in flight tests as well as one production-conforming aircraft, and one production-conforming Praetor 500 in its maturity campaign.
The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019.