Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer’s highly successful Phenom light business jet has now been upgraded with a host of new features.
The state-of-the-art Phenom 300E light jet was unveiled at NBAA-BACE (the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition) - the world’s premier business aviation event that’s currently running in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The new Phenom model’s key features include a wholly redesigned cabin, plus Lufthansa Technik’s nice® HD CMS/IFE (Cabin Management System/InFlight Entertainment) technology. The ‘E’ part of its designation stands for ‘Enhanced.’
Phenom 300 Upgrade
The Phenom 300 – on which the E model is based – was launched in 2005 and entered commercial service four years later. More examples have been delivered since 2013 than of any other business jet: 400-plus, to customers in nearly 40 countries. Phenom 300E deliveries are now scheduled to have begun by March 2018.
“We are very excited to introduce the Phenom 300E which sets a new standard in value and customer experience”, said Embraer Executive Jets CEO and President, Michael Amalfitano. “With a passion for excellence, our team has been working closely with customers to bring to market yet another beautifully designed and brilliantly engineered marvel of aviation.”
New Phenom Features
Embraer’s ‘DNA Design’ premiered in its Legacy 450 and 500 medium-sized business jets. It’s now made its way into the smaller Phenom, giving it additional cabin space that can be customised in more ways and maintained with more ease. The result, according to Embraer, is ‘unmatched comfort and personalization in its class.’
Phenom 300E passenger seats are wider than the standard 300’s, providing enhanced support. Extendable head and leg rests are also supplied and these have ergonomic benefits. Then, there’s something unique: a ceiling panel, running the cabin’s length, that presents flight data, serves as a passenger-cabin controls interface and provides enhanced lighting, with various ‘mood’ selections available.
For the pilots, there’s a Prodigy Tough Flight Deck, equipped with Garmin 3000 avionics.
Phenom 300E Performance
As for performance, the Phenom 300E has a 453-knot cruise speed and, with six people on board, can travel 3,650 kilometres. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, producing a combined 6,400 pounds of thrust, it has a flight ceiling of 45,000 feet. The Phenom 300’s climb and field performance are unmatched, Embraer says, meaning both operationally and maintenance-wise, the type undercuts all its rivals on the cost front.
“The Embraer DNA Design prioritizes ergonomics, values craftsmanship and has a keen appreciation for design”, explains Embraer Executive Jets Interior Design Vice President, Jay Beever. “The Phenom 300E not only elevates the passenger experience with an intelligent design, it also improves our customer’s ownership experience by driving aircraft value through simple cabin maintenance and redesign capabilities.”
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