Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is continuing development on its Phenom 300 jet, according to a spokesman, who made the remarks April 21 at Sun ’n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.
The 300 is expected to be certified by the end of this year. When that happens, Embraer will get to work filling more than 800 firm orders for both the Phenom 100 and 300.
Deliveries of the Phenom 100, certified late last year, continue as well. More than 12 100s have been delivered thus far, all of them to the United States, according to the spokesman.
“We’re getting lots of interest from small- and medium-size companies looking to right-size their corporate fleet,” he said. By and large, the 100 is being operated by owner-pilots, however. The spokesman also said that the Phenoms are getting lots of attention from former Eclipse 500 owners or position-holders looking for a replacement aircraft.