– Executive AirShare, of Kansas City, Mo., has doubled its order for Phenom 300 aircraft to four firm orders and four options. In September 2007, the U.S. fractional aircraft ownership company announced two firm orders of the Phenom 300 aircraft, plus two options for additional aircraft of the same model. The company also holds ten firm orders and ten options for Phenom 100 aircraft.
“For Executive AirShare to double the Phenom 300 order confirms the wide acceptance of our Phenom jets,” said Ernest Edwards, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales - U.S.A., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean, Executive Jets. “As Executive AirShare continues to expand services to its customers, we are proud to be part of this success by delivering modern aircraft, with high levels of comfort and reliability.”
“Demand for fractional ownership of business aircraft continues to grow in the markets we serve and we are expanding our order for Phenom 300 aircraft to keep pace with the needs of our owners,” said Keith D. Plumb, who was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Executive AirShare in November 2007. “The range, speed, comfort, and luggage-carrying capabilities of the Phenom 300 are an ideal match for our owners’ mission requirements and we look forward to adding both the Phenom 300 and Phenom 100 to our fleet.”
The Phenom jets are a good fit for Executive AirShare’s concept, where fractional owners have access to their aircraft for a given number of days per year, rather than a strict number of flight-hours per year. Furthermore, Executive AirShare customers have the use of the aircraft for an entire day, unlike national ownership planes that fly multiple customers to different locations on the same day with the same aircraft. The company will begin taking delivery of its Phenom aircraft in 2010.
About Executive AirShare
Founded in 2001, Executive AirShare currently operates a fleet of 15 aircraft. The company is based at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, in Kansas City, Mo., and also operates out of Wichita, Kan., Tulsa, Okla., and Fort Worth, Texas. More information about the company and its services is available at www.ExecAirShare.com
About the Phenom Jets
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 best-in-class jets. With interiors designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, both aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unknown in their categories. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by generous windows and the most ample cabin in their 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 two new aircraft will enable single- pilot operation. Drawing from Embraer’s design and engineering experience, the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 are designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, both jets 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.
With a configuration to accommodate up to ten occupants, the Phenom 300 jet has a huge 76- cubic-foot (2.15-cubic-meter) baggage capacity that will conveniently transport passengers’ luggage, golf bags and skis.
Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each, power this jet. Its range with six occupants will be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km or 2,071 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nm alternate). The aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78, and is also designed for short-field takeoffs. These capabilities will permit customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), the Azores, Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) or Moscow (Russia) at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.
Expected to enter service in the second half of 2009, the Phenom 300 was rolled out on April 14, 2008, and took its first flight on April 29. The executive jet is priced at US$ 6.65 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification.
Note to Editors
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