Embraer Prepares for Phenom 100 Production Startup

 - March 11, 2008, 12:06 PM

Embraer plans to begin serial production of the Phenom 100 very light jet next month at its plant in Botucatu, Brazil. According to facility managing director Almir Borges, the Botucatu plant will be turning out six Phenom 100s a month by year-end, and when it meets maximum production capacity late next year the rate is expected to reach 17 airplanes a month. The São Jose dos Campos-based company expects to deliver as many as 15 Phenom 100s following certification this year and close to 170 next year. A fourth Phenom 100 test aircraft–the first to be fitted with an interior–is in the final stages of assembly and will soon be starting the required 600 hours of function and reliability testing. Meanwhile, Embraer is making progress on the derivative Phenom 300 light jet. A spokesman told AIN that the wing and fuselage of the first Phenom 300 have been mated and it has been fitted with its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines. The Phenom 100’s larger sibling is slated to fly this summer, with certification of the $6.65 million twinjet following late next year.