Embraer introduces pair of new midsize jets


On the eve of NBAA-BACE, Embraer made a surprise announcement and revealed two new aircraft, the Praetor 500 and 600.

The Praetor 500 is based on the existing Legacy 450, while the Praetor 600 is a development of the Legacy 500. According to Embraer, the Praetor 600 will be the farthest-flying super-midsize business jet, which allows nonstop flights between London and New York. The Praetor 500 will be the fastest midsize aircraft, capable of reaching Europe from the west coast of the U.S. with a single stop. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Praetor 600 will have an intercontinental range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 km) and the Praetor 500 will lead the midsize class with a continental range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km). The Praetors fit in the company’s eight-strong product line between the Legacy 500 and Legacy 650E. The Praetor jets are currently under development with two Praetor 600 prototypes in flight tests. The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019.