Embraer has introduced the new Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets during a company event at Orlando Executive Airport in Florida, USA.
According to the company, the Praetor 600 will be the farthest-flying super-midsize business jet, which allows non-stop flights between London, UK, and New York. The Praetor 500 will be the fastest midsize aircraft, capable of reaching Europe from the west coast of the USA with a single stop.
With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Praetor 600 will have an intercontinental range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223km/4,488 miles) and the Praetor 500 will lead the midsize class with a continental range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019km/3,740 miles).
“The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the disruptive aircraft for the entrepreneur, for the pioneer, for the innovator,” said Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.
“The Praetors are aircraft certainly in keeping with their name, leading the way in redefining the characteristics of what a midsize and super-midsize aircraft deliver to the market.
“The introduction of these aircraft supports our vision of fascinating our customers and providing them with superior value and the best experience in the industry.”
Both aircraft feature advanced technology, including the Upper Tech Panel that displays flight information and offers cabin management features, and high-capacity high-speed connectivity via Viasat’s Ka-band, with speeds of up to 16Mbps.
“The new Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 will be the most disruptive and technologically advanced aircraft to enter the midsize and super-midsize categories,” added Luciano Froes, senior vice president, marketing, Embraer Executive Jets.
“Different by design and disruptive by choice, these new aircraft will deliver the ultimate customer experience with an unparalleled combination of performance, comfort and technology.”
The Praetor jets are currently under development, with two Praetor 600 prototypes in flight tests as well as one production-conforming aircraft, and one production-conforming Praetor 500 in its maturity campaign.
The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019.