Press and Events



São José dos Campos, December 31, 2008 – Embraer announces that it made the first delivery of the Phenom 100 jet, on December 24, in São José dos Campos. The aircraft, which landed today in the U.S. after successfully completing its ferry flight, was recently certified by Brazil’ s National Civil A viation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil- ANAC) and by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

What an exciting day! This is what we have been working towards, since May 2005, when we launched the Phenom 100,” said Luís Carlos
Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “It is truly an honor to deliver the first Phenom 100 to Jim and Betsy Frost, who have been with us since day one, not only as customers, but also as invaluable contributors on the program advisory board.”

James and Elizabeth Frost, the first Phenom 100 customers, live in Houston, Texas, where Mrs. Frost runs a family partnership in real estate and mineral holdings and Mr. Frost manages new business projects. Mr. Frost has been flying since the age of 16, and Mrs. Frost, who began flying in the mountains of Colorado, is a Certified Flight Instructor and has logged several thousand hours over the last 15 years.

The Phenom 100 is fast, easy and fun to fly. I had the most fun in years while flying it during training in Texas and while in Brazil,” said Elizabeth Frost. “We wanted a plane with which we could entertain our family and friends on quick trips between Houston and Colorado as well as to other destinations, and with plenty of baggage space. The Prodigy avionics system is really easy to operate and very friendly, always providing full situational awareness.”

The Phenom 100 is fabulous! The high degree of automation makes it a great single-pilot jet and, as an owner/operator, I think I am already spoiled by the amazing cockpit,” said James Frost. “The Phenom 100 completes our normal mission using less fuel and in much less time than the turboprop it is replacing. We are looking forward to realizing the benefits of the advanced digital design of the aircraft in lower maintenance costs and less down time.”

Following the success of the Legacy 600, the Phenom 100 entry level jet was launched in 2005, along with the Phenom 300 light jet, confirming Embraer’s commitment to the business aviation market. In 2006, the Company introduced the Lineage 1000 ultra-large jet, which has been certified, and its deliveries will begin in early 2009. In 2008, the Legacy 500 and the Legacy 450 were launched in the midsize and midlight categories, and are scheduled to enter service in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The design, development, certification, and first delivery of the Phenom 100 took just over three-and-a-half years, which is a distinctive achievement in the industry.

Brazilian certification was granted by the National Civil Aviation Authority (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil - ANAC), on December 9, 2008. Embraer also received ANAC’s certification (CHE) to produce the Phenom 100. EASA certification is expected for the second quarter of 2009.

A second Phenom 100 aircraft was delivered on December 29, in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

About the Phenom 100

Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers of the Phenom 100 best-in-class jet. The aircraft will offer pilots and passengers unprecedented comfort and style in its category. Developed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the innovative interior design and relaxing ambience are enhanced by generous windows and the most ample cabin in its class.

The pilot-friendly cockpit and docile flying qualities of the new aircraft enable single-pilot operation. Drawing on Embraer’s 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.

The Phenom 100 was introduced by Embraer, in 2005, and is the most comfortable business jet in the entry level category, accommodating four passengers in the club seat configuration. The rear baggage compartment has a capacity of 55 cubic feet (1.56 cubic meters), which is sufficient for transporting golf and ski bags and equipment. Additional storage space in the aircraft nose and interior wardrobes add up to 16 cubic feet (0.45 cubic meters), totaling 71 cubic feet (2.01 cubic meters) throughout the jet.

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 data, and presents the composite information on these three brilliant, sunlight-readable color high- definition screens.

Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-E engines power the jet, with 1,695 pounds of thrust each. Its range with four occupants is 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 kilometers or 1,356 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nm alternate). The aircraft is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), attained by a direct climb, even when fully loaded. In addition, the Phenom 100 is designed to perform short-field takeoffs or landings and to fly at a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.70, or 390 knots (true air speed). These characteristics allow customers to fly nonstop from New York to Miami, and from Los Angeles to Vancouver or Denver at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.

As of January 5, 2009, the Phenom 100, in a baseline configuration, will be priced at US$ 3.6 million for FAA certification, US$ 3.65 million for ANAC certification and US$ 3.68 million for EASA certification, under January 2009 economic conditions and subject to increase until delivery.

The Phenom 100 jet, together with the Phenom 300, received the IF Award, in Germany, as the best product, in 2006, and the best interior, in 2007, as well as the Good Design Award, in China, for the best project, in 2006. In May 2008, the editors of Robb Report magazine, in the U.S., voted the Phenom 100 the “Best of the Best” Business Jet. For more on the Phenom 100 and other Embraer business jets, visit

Note to Editors

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2008, Embraer had a workforce of 23,745 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 21.6 billion.

This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer’s businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company’s investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words “believe”, “may”, “is able”, “will be able”, “intend”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “expect” and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.

Press Office Contacts

Brazil (Headquarters)
North America and Caribbean
Europe, Midle East and Africa
Asia Pacific