AirSprint Private Aviation has received its first conversion of a Legacy 450 to a Praetor 500 and is scheduled for another Legacy 450-Praetor 500 conversion this year, Embraer announced this week. The Canadian fractional ownership company is also expected to take delivery of a new Praetor 500 from the Brazilian airframer this year.
So far, Embraer has completed 16 Legacy 450-Praetor conversions in Europe and North America, with the first finished in June 2020. Embraer does the conversions at its company-owned service centers.
AirSprint president James Elian said the conversions will give its Embraer midsize jets a 15 percent increase in range. “The Praetor 500 is the perfect complement to the fleet and the next step towards providing our fractional owners with direct access to many more destinations, more experiences, and more opportunities,” he added. The conversions and new Praetor will boost AirSprint's Embraer fleet to nine aircraft.
The conversion option was announced at the same time Embraer unveiled the Praetor 500 and its larger sibling, the Praetor 600, an upgrade of the Legacy 500, at NBAA-BACE 2018.