Praetor Twins Boost Embraer Bizjet Deliveries

 - February 19, 2020, 10:32 AM
Embraer Executive Jets delivered its first Praetor 600 super-midsize jet to an unnamed European customer in June 2019. (Photo: Embraer)

Embraer Executive Jets delivered 10 more business jets in the fourth quarter and all of 2019 compared with the same periods in 2018, boosted by the entry of the Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize twinjets, the Brazilian airframer announced today. In the fourth quarter, the Brazilian-based aircraft manufacturer delivered a total of 46 business jets, compared with 36 in the prior year’s quarter. For 2019, total business jet deliveries were 109, up from 91 in 2018.

Of the deliveries, three were for the Praetor 500 in the fourth quarter and all of 2019, while five Praetor 600s were delivered in the fourth quarter and 13 for the full year. Year-over-year, Embraer also delivered two more Legacy 500s (11) and one more each of the Legacy 450 (15) and Legacy 650 (five). The only model that saw fewer deliveries was the Phenom 300E, with 51 shipped in 2019 versus 53 in 2018.

Unveiled at the 2018 NBAA-BACE, the Praetor 500 and 600 are redesigned Legacy 450 and 500 fly-by-wire business jets. Embraer delivered its first Praetor 600 to an unidentified European customer in June, followed by a December delivery of the first Praetor 500 to launch customer FlexJet, part of the fractional operator’s $1.4 billion order for a mix of Praetor 500/600s and Phenom 300Es announced at NBAA-BACE 2019.