Embraer has just introduced midsize along with super-midsize corporate business jets set for launch in 2019. The company announced they will be the longest-range aeroplanes in their class in the world. The two protagonists are the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600. Both aircraft are fully fly-by-wire, which is a first for any jet of their size. They provide exceptional active turbulence reduction and the best-in-category 5,800-foot cabin altitude with the highest aircraft payload capacity in their class.
The Praetor 500 can lay claim to being the swiftest midsize jet, capable of a maximum top speed of Mach 0.83. The two planes are both derivatives of Embraer’s Legacy 450 and 500 models, albeit with redesigned winglets and extra capacity fuel tanks providing a greater range. There is a newly styled interior design, more advanced technological features within the cabin and also the cockpit.
On the other hand, the Praetor 600 is a bold attempt by Embraer to gain further ground in the lucrative super-midsize aeroplane segment. The Praetor 600 has an intercontinental range of 3,900 nautical miles, carrying four passengers. It is fully capable of flying directly, non-stop from London to New York. The plane can be set up for 8 to 12 passengers in complete comfort, and the starting price is US$21 million.
Back to the Embraer Praetor 500, it is projected to be the fastest jet in its category. The intercontinental range is 3,250 nautical miles carrying from four to a maximum nine passengers, available at a base price US$17 million, rising to a high of US$20 million. Embraer fully expects to gain certification of the Praetor 600 during the second quarter of 2019, while the Praetor 500 will be made available during the third quarter.