– Embraer and JetBird confirmed three options for the Phenom 100 jet, by JetBird, increasing the airline’s firm order backlog to 53 of this model. The Irish company placed an initial order for 50 Phenom 100 jets, in May 2006, with options for another 50 jets. The first delivery is expected for 2009.
“We are glad to see the steady progress that JetBird, our largest European customer, has been making towards its start of operations in 2009,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “JetBird’s decision to begin exercising its purchase options further sanctions our belief that the Phenom 100 is the best solution in its category.”
“We are delighted to begin confirming our option aircraft in accordance with the targets set in our original business plan,” said Stefan Vilner, CEO of JetBird. “Our decision reflects the confidence we have in the Phenom 100, as the best aircraft in its class, delivering high utilization and efficiency, combined with state-of-the-art technology and the premium comfort of a private jet.”
The Phenom 100 offers premium comfort in an ample cabin. Its award-winning interior, designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, can include an aft lavatory, with an optional partition door, a refreshment center, and satellite communication for greater passenger convenience. Born out of Embraer’s heritage of developing aircraft for high utilization and simple maintenance, the Phenom 100 entry-level executive jet is ideal for even the most demanding operations, meeting both individual and to charter provider expectations.
Upon commencing operations in 2009, JetBird will become Europe’s premier private jet airline, offering a personal flight experience at up to 50% less than current branded operators. Headquartered in Ireland, JetBird will operate a fleet of best-in-class Embraer Phenom aircraft based at a number of centers around Europe, and will transform European air travel by offering on-demand charter service at a price that gives true value for the money spent. JetBird will provide direct and affordable transportation to individuals and companies, and will vastly improve the current time, expense and inconvenience of today’s commercial airline offerings.
About the Phenom 100
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the Phenom 100 best-in-class jets. With the interior designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unknown in its category.
The relaxing ambience is enhanced by generous windows and the most ample cabin in its class. Onboard conveniences include a wardrobe or refreshment center, an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet, and satellite communications. The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the new aircraft will enable single pilot operation. Drawing from Embraer’s design and engineering experience, the Phenom 100 is designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet will offer a standard anti- skid brake-by-wire system.
Based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the Prodigy® flight deck offers Phenom jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today’s market. The cockpit features three interchangeable 12-inch displays – two Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and one Multi-Function Display (MFD). The system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alert system data and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three high definition displays.
Configured in a typical club configuration, the Phenom 100 will comfortably accommodate four passengers. The generous 55-cubic-foot (1.56-cubic-meter) baggage capacity is big enough to store luggage, golf bags and even skis. Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines, with 1,615 pounds of thrust each, power the jet. Its range with four occupants will be 1,160 nautical miles (2,148 km or 1,335 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nm alternate); or 1,320 nautical miles (2,445 km or 1,519 miles) with NBAA VFR reserves (45 minutes). The aircraft is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70, and is also designed for short-field takeoffs. These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), Lisbon (Portugal), Tunis (Tunisia), Sofia (Bulgaria) or Stockholm (Sweden) at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.
The Phenom 100 is priced at US$ 2.98 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification. The aircraft’s maiden flight took place in July 2007, and the jet is currently fulfilling the flight test certification campaign, in order to enter service in the second half of 2008.
Note to Editors
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