The Praetor 600 Makes Strides

Embraer announced the newest models to its private jet lineup, the Praetor 500 & Praetor 600, in October 2018 at industry convention NBAA; since then, certification flight tests on the Praetor 600 are now complete.

The $29.9M aircraft looks set to enter service in the next 4 months, with hopes that it will be available for private jet charter later in 2019.

Image: Embraer

Image: Embraer

Three Praetor 600 aircraft – two prototypes and a production-conforming example – have now logged 440 hours and 372 flights at Embraer’s test base in Brazil.

The next step is to undergo a flight maturity campaign ahead of its entry to the market.

The Praetor 500, its slightly smaller sister aircraft, is due to follow suit towards the end of the third quarter of 2019. Its retail price will come in at $16.9M.

The two models are Embraer’s latest additions to its midsize and super-midsize family of jets – and they’re already proving to be a hit, with the Praetor 600 sold out until mid-2020.

Rather than starting from scratch, Embraer took a page from the Legacy design; the Praetor 500 is based on the Legacy 450, while the Praetor 600 is based on the Legacy 500.

The new Bossa Nova interior design available for both models. Image: Embraer

The new Bossa Nova interior design available for both models. Image: Embraer

The primary difference between the Praetor models and the Legacy’s lies in the range – the Praetor 600 can fly further thanks to more aerodynamically efficient winglets and added fuel capacity. Its new range of 3,900 nm means it can connect London to New York – or other transatlantic pathways.

This puts Embraer in a more competitive position in this market segment – rivaling Bombardier’s Challenger 350 (once again the most-delivered business jet last year) and Textron’s upcoming Cessna Citation Longitude.

The Praetor 600. Image: Embraer

The Praetor 600. Image: Embraer

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