“We are very honored to participate in the start-up of the air taxi operations of VLJ Consultancy,” said Colin Steven, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales – Europe, Africa, and Middle East, Executive Jets. “The company will appreciate the comfort and performance of the Phenom 100, which is the best entry-level very light jet in its class.”
The Phenom 100 will be operated by VLJ Consultancy in a private charter and air taxi role out of Oxford Airport, in the U.K..
“The investors will be offered a bespoke private jet service at an individual level of quality of service and affordability that will make personalized air travel available to a much wider clientele than has hitherto been the case,” said David Fletcher, Managing Director, VLJ Consultancy Limited. “The vision is centered on the Phenom 100, undeniably the premium entry-level very light jet in the market today. The quality of the product will be aligned with that which is more normally seen at the top end of the private jet charter market, whilst at the same time being affordable for air taxi services. Indeed, it is our philosophy that the Phenom 100 will increase affordability without any loss of quality.”
About VLJ Consultancy Limited
VLJ Consultancy Limited provides bespoke very light jet aircraft procurement, management and certification, along with pilot, engineer and ferry solutions. For more information about the company, visit www.VLJconsultancy.com
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 carrying out the certification flight test campaign, in order to enter service in the second half of 2008.
Note to Editors
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