Embraer has unveiled further enhancements to its Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize jet cabins that include a now standard HEPA filter, an electric lavatory pocket door, and approved use of MicroShield 360. “In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the incorporation of new health and safety technologies is paramount, which is why we are proud to deliver even more value to Praetor customers with this series of cabin enhancements,” said Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Michael Amalfitano.
The addition of a HEPA filter that will come standard on all Praetor jets builds on the ability to move 100 percent fresh air through the cabin, according to Embraer. With the ability to capture 99.97 percent of all particles—bacteria, viruses, and fungi—the HEPA filter will improve cabin air quality. Following testing, the Brazilian airframer also has approved the use of MicroShield 360, an FDA-approved antimicrobial coating that kills 99.99 percent of bacteria for one year after application. The product is clear, colorless, odorless, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic.
Embraer certified through ANAC in June the optional electric lavatory pocket door—which also can be retrofit on in-service Praetor and Legacy 450s and 500s—that EASA and the FAA have also validated. With the addition of the door, available starting in the fourth quarter, the emergency exit moves to the lavatory. Moving the emergency exit cutout will enhance cabin aesthetics, as well as improve functionality by reducing noise, improving temperature management, and allowing full seat and table functionality.
“With the certification of the new electric lavatory pocket door, the Praetors combine the cleanest cabin environment and compliance with the most stringent operational requirements, such as Part 135,” Amalfitano added.