Embraer has delivered its 500th Phenom 300 series business jet, a milestone the Brazilian airframer announced yesterday following the handover of a Phenom 300E at its customer center in Melbourne, Florida, to Freeman Pickett III, who upgraded from a Phenom 100. “The Phenom 100 served us very well for our trips throughout the Midwest, but as we began to fly more, with more passengers and to destinations farther away, we began to use a Phenom 300 to which we had access,” Freeman said.
According to JetNet, the Phenom 300 joins only three other current-production business jets to reach or exceed 500 deliveries: Gulfstream G550, Bombardier Challenger 300/350, and Cessna Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+.
Launched in 2005, the Phenom 300 entered service in December 2009 and is now operated in more than 30 countries and has carried nearly 2.5 million passengers on more than 600,000 flights, Embraer said. The Phenom 300 has a high-speed cruise of 453 knots and a six-passenger range of 1,971 nm on NBAA IFR reserves.
The “E” variant of the single-pilot light jet was launched at NBAA 2017 and first delivered early last year. Enhancements on the variant include a redesigned cabin and the Lufthansa Technik nice HD cabin management/in-flight entertainment system.
“The Phenom 300 has fascinated customers since it entered the market and its tremendous popularity only challenges us even more to continue to deliver the ultimate customer experience,” said Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Michael Amalfitano. “This landmark delivery to a current Phenom 100 customer with prior fractional ownership experience further validates the true innovation that the Phenom 300 delivers to private owners, corporations, and operators.”