Embraer Introduces Bizjet Version of ERJ 190

 - November 22, 2006, 4:47 AM

Embraer, which is already developing two new light jets, announced on the eve of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that starts tomorrow in Geneva, that it is breaking into the bizliner market with the launch of the Lineage 1000. The $40-million jet, derived from Embraer’s ERJ 190 regional airliner, is expected to enter service in 2008. Just a year ago, the Brazilian manufacturer revealed development of the new Phenom 100 very light jet and Phenom 300 light jet. At a maximum takeoff weight of about 121,000 pounds, the Lineage 100 will be some 6,600 pounds heavier than the Embraer 190, and with optional additional fuel tanks, maximum range will be 4,200 nm. In typical corporate configuration, the jet will seat 13 to 19 passengers. Embraer also disclosed it might develop a corporate version of the 170, saying it has every intention of filling the product gaps between the Lineage 1000, the Legacy 600 (itself a version of the ERJ 145) and the new Phenom 100 and 300.