Embraer delivered the first jet of a Praetor 600 fleet to Flexjet. The aircraft will be used to expand the company’s operations in Europe. Flexjet is the fleet launch customer for the Praetor models, having received the first Praetor 500 less than a year ago, in December 2019. The deal, valued at approximately USD 1.4 billion, was announced at NBAA-BACE 2019 and comprises a fleet of Praetor 600, Praetor 500 and Phenom 300.
‘We are honored to continue to execute our commitment to Flexjet, our esteemed partner of more than 17 years, with the delivery of this first Praetor 600,’ said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO of Embraer Executive Aviation. “It is a privilege to collaborate in introducing not only the most disruptive and technologically advanced super-medium jet in the world, but also in delivering the latest generation of business aviation to Flexjet jet owners in Europe.”
“We have spent the past three years strengthening the foundations to become a powerhouse in European private aviation and we are proud to exceed the expectations of this valuable market,” said Michael Silvestro, CEO of Flexjet. ‘The Praetor 600, with its unrivaled technology, comfort and category leader in performance with intercontinental reach, completes the fleet that will help us to meet all the needs and desires of Flexjet owners in Europe.’
Embraer and Flexjet form a long successful partnership. In 2003, Flight Options – which merged with Flexjet in 2015 – became the first shared ownership program to introduce the Legacy business jet to its fleet. In 2010, they introduced the Phenom 300 and, in 2012, the company received the 100th unit produced of the Phenom 300. In 2015, Flexjet became the first jointly owned company to offer the Legacy 500, later receiving the 1,000th jet. executive delivered by Embraer, a Legacy 500, in 2016. The Legacy 450 then joined the fleet of Flexjet jets in 2016.
With Embraer’s commitment to continuously improve each of the four executive jets in the portfolio, category leaders, recent updates have been made to the Praetors, which include improvements in cabin safety – making the HEPA air filter standard, approval of the use of the MicroShield360 ™ cleaning coating and certification of the new electric toilet door – in addition to the Synthetic Vision Guidance System (SVGS) certification.