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Embraer launched Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 business jets

Dal Kikin
October 16, 2018

Embraer introduced two new business jets - the Praetor 500 and the super-medium Praetor 600 at the National Business Aviation Association’s International Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer said. The development of the new aircraft is based on the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 medium-class aircraft platforms. The main difference of the Praetor is the new wing, an increased fuel capacity and more powerful engines.

Four-passengers Praetor 600 is capable of making a non-stop flight between London and New York, and the Praetor 500 is able to fly from the west coast of the United States to Europe. Thus, the range of cars will be 7223 and 6020 km, respectively. The aircraft are equipped with two Honeywell HTF 7500E turbojet engines. The volume of fuel in the wing tanks of the aircraft is the same, but the Praetor 600 has two additional fuel tanks located in front and below. Thanks to such characteristics and updated wingtips, the Praetor 600 travels 1,400 km more than the middle class aircraft of the Legacy 500, and almost 556 km more than the plane of the super-middle class Gulfstream G280. Praetor 500 is equipped with additional fuel elements on the wing.

Work on the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 began a year ago, writes the publication Flightglobal. The aircraft, created with the participation of base aircraft operators, will take place in the Embraer lineup between the Legacy 500 and the representative of the heavy class Legacy 650E. Certification and commissioning of the Praetor 600 and Praetor 500 are scheduled for Q2 and Q3 2019. Two Praetor 600 prototypes are already in flight tests. The cost of the first aircraft will be $ 21 million and the second one is $ 17 million. At the same time, production of the Legacy 450 and 500 will continue until orders are received for them.

With the presentation of two business jets, the Brazilian manufacturer is strengthening its position in the business aviation segment after the decision to transfer commercial programs to Boeing. Recall that earlier two aircraft manufacturers announced the creation of a joint venture with 80% participation of Boeing, where Embraer will transfer 100% of its business in the field of their commercial aircraft.