Embraer Plans New Business Jets

 - March 22, 2007, 11:42 AM

Watch for Embraer to announce “around NBAA Convention [September] time” one or maybe two new business jets–what it is calling a “mid-light” jet and a “midsize” jet. The new aircraft are aimed at the market segment between the company’s Phenom 300, a light jet scheduled to enter service in 2009, and the super-midsize Legacy 600, of which 100 have been delivered since shipments began in 2000. No further details on the new aircraft were immediately available, but a company spokesman told AIN that the Brazilian manufacturer is in discussions with potential engine and avionics vendors, as well as other major suppliers. At press time, Embraer was waiting for “final board approval” of the new projects. Next month, the company is expected to release data on “why it is considering entering these two markets,” but no further details about the new aircraft will be discussed. Meanwhile, in addition to the Phenom 300, Embraer continues its development of the Phenom 100 very light jet, scheduled to enter service next year, and the Lineage 1000, an “ultra-large business jet” version of the E190 jetliner.