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Embraer offers further details on Phenom cabins

 - October 1, 2008, 6:50 AM

Embraer is revealing more details of the passenger cabins in its Phenom 100 and 300 as well as its plans to assemble both aircraft at a new plant in Melbourne, Fla.

The Phenoms employ a common fuselage diameter (61 inches on the interior). The Model 100 is the shorter of the two, and can be configured to hold four to six passengers. The Phenom 300, with a five-foot longer cabin, can accommodate six to nine people.

Hidden, retractable cup holders are one of several automotive features incorporated into the cabin side ledges, which are wide enough to hold personal electronic devices and telephones and contain storage nooks. These structures will also house power outlets for computers, jack points for passenger headsets, and cabin lighting and temperature controls. Embraer plans to make audio-on-demand and satellite radio systems available for both aircraft.  

Three cabin layouts are available for the Phenom 100, while at present two are offered for the Phenom 300. With the lavatory, the Model 100 seats four passengers, and six without. Both aircraft can be configured for executive or shuttle service, and both can be equipped with small refreshment centers and lavatories. The 100 can be ordered with a rigid lavatory door. A few more options are available on the 300 for galley and lavatory layouts. Customers can choose either a full wardrobe or a sink in the lavatory. The 300’s galley also can be equipped with a wine rack.

The 18-inch-wide cabin seats have a common appearance but are not interchangeable between aircraft. In addition to their unusual offset headrests, they feature longitudinal tracking, adjustable recline from eight to 20 degrees, integral three-point seatbelts, breakover backs and inboard armrests. Maximum seat pitch in the 100 is 35 inches, while in the 300 it is 42 inches. The 300 also provides three more inches between the seats than the 100.

Embraer (Booth No. 5073 and static display) recently announced a diverse choice of color palettes and cabin options for the Phenoms. Available cabin color palettes include agate, citrine, obsidian, onyx, quartz, topaz and tourmaline. Cabins feature enclosed, pleated window shades; ultraleather upper sidewalls; carpet or wood floors; laminate, gloss or veneer cabinet finishes; and carpet or fabric lower sidewalls. The IFE suite of options includes XM Radio, seat power outlets, audio source for mp3 players, speakers, subwoofers and a VIP control panel. Both aircraft have separate passenger and cockpit environmental controls.

Embraer fabricates the seat tracks, window frames and flooring as well as the cabin monuments. A variety of well-known vendors do the rest: cockpit seats from Goodrich; cabin seats from DeCrane and Geven; headliners and shades from C&D and Fischer; cabin insulation from EAR Specialty Composites; power converters from Avionics Services; environmental controls from Enviro; and cabin pressurization units from Honeywell.

Embraer announced a $235 million development program for the entry-level and light jets in 2005. The Florida Phenom plant will not be just a completion and paint center, but a full aircraft assembly plant, according to an Embraer spokeswoman.
She said parts would be shipped directly to the plant from the OEM and its suppliers.

The $51 million, 150,000-sq-ft plant, located at Melbourne Airport, is expected to employ 200 by 2011 and have an annual payroll in excess of $10 million. Embraer has negotiated a 30-year lease on the 25-acre plant site from the Melbourne Airport Authority and received various government incentives. The company also received an option on an additional adjacent 70 acres. The Melbourne site will feature a customer delivery and acceptance center as well as a customer design center for the company’s entire line of business jets, not just the Phenoms. The design center will house full-scale cabin mockups and 3-D computer design systems. Customers will still have to travel to Brazil to inspect and take delivery of aircraft built there.

Embraer claims more than 800 orders for the Phenoms and says deliveries of the Model 100 will begin this year (following certification), while the larger Model 300 will begin customer deliveries in 2009.

The company already has received a number of large fleet orders for the Phenom 100. Announced fleet customers include H.I.G. Capital, AvantAir, Magnum Jet, Executive AirShare, Wondair and Invision. Embraer’s $2.98 million Phenom 100 is already sold out well into 2012.

The aircraft made its first flight in July 2007 and first customer deliveries are scheduled for later this year following a 1,200-hour flight test program. The all-aluminum, single-pilot capable Phenom 100 is designed to transport four passengers 1,160 nm (with reserves) at 380 knots up to an altitude of 41,000 feet.
Two flight test Phenom 300s are currently flying and Embraer is aiming for 2009 certification of the $6.65 million twinjet. The 300 has a range of 1,800 nm with six occupants and NBAA IFR fuel reserves, a maximum operating speed of 0.78 Mach and a ceiling of 45,000 feet.

Since 2000, Embraer has announced seven business jet models–the Legacy 600, Legacy Shuttle, Lineage 1000, Phenom 100, Phenom 300, and Legacy 450 and 500. Company executives claim Embraer’s strategy seeks to derive up to 20 percent of its revenues from the business jet market. It also currently manufactures the ERJ and E-series regional jets.