Embraer announces the new Praetor 500 & 600

Following the popularity of their Phenom, Legacy and Lineage private jet ranges, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has now announced a new family of jets. The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 made their debut in Orlando, Florida, at the weekend, in the lead up to annual industry convention NBAA.

Embraer Praetor 600

The Praetor 600 is a new super-midsize jet. Image: Embraer.

The two new aircraft are Embraer’s newest entrants in the midsize and super-midsize segments. They are not new clean sheet designs, but enhanced versions of existing Legacy models. The Praetor 500 is based on the Legacy 450, and the Praetor 600 on the Legacy 500.

The Praetor 600 will cost $29.9M to buy, and the Praetor 500 $16.9M. A Praetor was a high-level government magistrate in ancient Rome, and Embraer’s head of design says the choice of name is intended to convey the idea that the aircraft is the owner’s ultimate servant.

Embraer Praetor galley & cabin

The Praetor aircraft will have a super stylish and spacious cabin. Image: Embraer

What makes the Praetor aircraft different from their Legacy counterparts?

The primary differentiator between the two new Praetors and the Legacy models they’re based on, comes down to extra range – enabled by more aerodynamically efficient winglets and additional fuel capacity.

Legacy aircraft are mainly used to operate flights within continents, or to connect Europe with the Middle East, or North America to South America. But the Praetor 600 will be capable of connecting the important transatlantic pathway.

The Praetors’ extra range will put Embraer in a more competitive position in this key market segment, lining up against Bombardier’s Challenger 350 and Textron’s upcoming Cessna Citation Longitude.

With a maximum range of 3,900 nautical miles, the Praetor 600 will be the furthest-flying super-midsize business jet, able to fly nonstop between London and New York with four passengers. The Praetor 500 will have a maximum range of 3,250 nautical miles. Both aircraft will be powered by a pair of Honeywell HTF 7500E turbofan engines.

Embraer Praetor seat

The Praetor jets’ interior options include custom-stitched seating. Image: Embraer

Inside the 6-foot tall flat-floor cabin space, Praetor 500 will have room for seven to nine passengers, while the Praetor 600 can seat between eight and 12.

And when it comes to design, Embraer’s team are reaching a new level of detail with the Praetors, including custom-stitched seating; bespoke designer silk and wool carpets; and carbon fibre retractable tables.

A custom interior option will be available called the Bossa Nova, which Embraer say is inspired by the soul and beauty of Brazil’s beaches.

When will the Embraer Praetor 500 & 600 be available to charter?

Two Praetor 600 prototypes are already in flight tests and the Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019. So we’d expect them to become available for charter later in that same year.

Alongside the Praetors, Embraer has no plans to discontinue the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 – these will remain available for customers who don’t require the Praetors’ increased capabilities.

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