Embraer has launched a new version of its successful Phenom 300 light jet series with the Phenom 300E.
The Phenom 300E has an enhanced cabin and inflight entertainment system. It has a list price of $9.45 million with deliveries starting in early 2018. The list price for a standard Phenom 300 is $8.99 million.
“We are very excited to introduce the Phenom 300E which sets a new standard in value and customer experience. The Phenom 300E reflects our commitment to fascinate our customers,” said Michael Amalfitano, President and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “With a passion for excellence, our team has been working closely with customers to bring to market yet another beautifully designed and brilliantly engineered marvel of aviation.”
The Phenom 300E has a noticeably different cabin to the earlier model. Inflight entertainment is hidden in what Embraer is calling a tech panel. But customers will perhaps most notice the extra space in the aisle.
“It is a juxtaposition but we have made the seats larger while also making the aisle larger,” says Luciano Fros, senior vice-president marketing at Embraer Executive Jets. “There is a lot more space in the aircraft but without changing the cabin size.”
Embraer has managed this by building a new seat with retractable arm rests and moving reading lights and fans into the upper tech panels. It is building the seats in-house at Embraer Aero Seating Technologies, in Florida. The new seats have broader backs.
Lufthansa Technik has worked with Embraer on the cabin managemet and inflight entertainment tech panel. All of the fittings can also be easily removed allowing for quick maintenance.
They can also be personalised in new Embraer seat patterns reflecting automobile or architectural patterns.
“We wanted to create a butler in the sky experience where things are where you need them without asking,” says Jay Beever, vice president, interior design, Embraer Executive Jets. This means that things like reading lights appear in the tech panel when a hand moves towards it.
“We are focusing on keys themes like comfort, ergonomics, craftsmanship and the client being the designer and these are all there on the new Phenom 300E,” says Beaver. “We have led the way in terms of innovation with design, customer experience and technology and the Phenom 300E is doing this again.