Embraer started Phenom 300 production at its Melbourne, Fla. facility this week, the Brazilian manufacturer announced today. Phenom 100s have been assembled at the Florida plant since early last year, with 14 of the U.S.-built light jets delivered to U.S., Canadian and Mexican customers to date.
The first wing and fuselage for Phenom 300 S/N 118 arrived last week at the Melbourne facility, and pre-production work on the assemblies is currently under way. The aircraft, which will be an Embraer demonstrator, will be moved onto the Phenom production line tomorrow, Melbourne facility manager Phil Krull told AIN. S/N 118 is expected to roll off the line in March.
“We have added the Phenom 300 to bring production closer to our customers,” Krull said. “Customers have been benefiting from the delivery of the entry-level Phenom 100 produced in Melbourne since last year and we are now ready to expand these operations.”
According to Krull, the Melbourne facility will deliver 15 Phenom 300s and 24 Phenom 100s next year. The plant has the capacity to manufacture up to eight Phenoms per month, he noted.