The 100 EV will take advantage of the upgraded Pratt & Whitney PW617F1-E engines. Embraer says it expects 15 percent better performance in hot and high situations, about 15 more knots in cruise, and a four-occupant range of 1,178 nautical miles.
Two previous Phenom 100 orders were converted to 100 EVs and announced as launch customers. Mexico’s Across is a large charter operation based at 8,000 feet. The company is a current Embraer customer. Emirates also purchased a 100 EV for its forthcoming flight training academy in Dubai. Embraer said it expects to be certified and delivering the new aircraft sometime in the middle of next year.
Despite those orders, the United States remains the company’s biggest market for business aviation. Embraer recently celebrated its 1,000th business jet delivery—more than half of those deliveries have come to the United States. And the company’s Melbourne, Florida, manufacturing facility is assembling Phenoms, with plans to include the Legacy line. Embraer employs more than 150 engineers at its growing American footprint.