Embraer delivered the first Praetor 500 to an undisclosed customer in Brazil earlier this month.
Gustavo Teixeira, Embraer Sales vice president for Latin America said: “We are proud to deliver the first Praetor 500 in Brazil, the leading business aviation market in Latin America.
“The Praetor 500 features the most advanced technology, superior comfort and unique operational versatility, which will allow our new customer to reach farther distances while operating from small airfields.”
The farthest and fastest flying midsize business jet, the Praetor 500 has an intercontinental range of 3,340 nm (6,186 km), with four passengers plus fuel reserves.
That enables the fly-by-wire jet to fly from São Paulo to San Juan, Puerto Rico; Manaus, Brazil to New York; or Natal, Brazil to Lisbon. Its take-off and landing field performance offer access to challenging airports and more destinations. For example, it can fly from Angra dos Reis, in southwest Rio de Janeiro state, to Brasília with eight passengers at 30°C take-off temperature.
“It’s the only midsize jet with full fly-by-wire flight controls, as well as active turbulence reduction for the smoothest flight, enhanced safety and reduced pilot workload,” according to the company.
The Praetor 500 features a 6 ft tall, flat-floor cabin, stone flooring, and a cabin altitude of 5,800 ft cabin altitude. The cabin can seat up to nine passengers, with the optional two-place divan. Four of the fully reclining seats can be berthed into two beds. Fitted as standard, the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter is said to remove 99.97% of bacteria from cabin air.
The jet received Brazilian ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency) certification in August 2019. The following month the Praetor 500 was also certified by the FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with deliveries starting soon after.
Meanwhile, earlier this month the Praetor 600 super-midsize jet was granted a type certificate by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA).
Bound for Brazil. The first Praetor 500 was delivered to a customer in the country earlier this month.