Hangar Talk April 2017
Battle of the bizjets - By: Tom Chalmers
THERE IS a fair chance that I may be wrong, but I cannot remember another occasion in the 44-years I have been editing and publishing World Airnews, when two corporate jet manufacturers have issued fairly similar press releases about world records involving their respective aircraft which have landed on my desk within minutes of each other.
Both releases claim world records for deliveries for their aircraft, albeit that they are in different classes, although the one mentions “all classes” in its documents. Is it by coincidence or design that both releases were sent out within minutes of each other to outdo each other in claims for their aircraft -- Embraer beating Textron? Judge for yourself below
FIRST WAS.... EMBRAER EXECUTIVE
Jets which delivered 63 Phenom 300 light jets in 2016, claimed to be the highest volume of any business jet model for the year, according to a report made by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). This is the fourth consecutive year that the Phenom 300 has achieved this mark, and it has accumulated 266 deliveries since 2013.
In just seven years of operation, the Phenom 300 fleet is approaching the 400 aircraft mark, having sustained more than half of the light jet market share since 2012. The aircraft is in operation in 30 countries and has accumulated close to 500 000 flight hours. The Phenom 300 is one of the fastest light jets, having established several speed records with the National Aeronautic Association and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
The Phenom 300 has a high speed cruise of 453 knots and a six-occupant range of 1 971 nautical miles with NBAA IFR reserves. With the best climb and field performance in its class, the Phenom 300 costs less to operate and maintain than its peers. The aircraft is capable of flying at 45 000 feet and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines with a 3 200-pound thrust each.
It offers a spacious cabin, designed in partnership with BMW Designworks USA, and the largest baggage compartment in its category. The largest windows in the class deliver abundant natural lighting in the cabin. The comfort of the seats, which have recline and full movement capability, is enhanced by the best pressurisation among light jets (6 600 ft. maximum cabin altitude). The Phenom 300 features distinct temperature zones for pilots and passengers, a wardrobe and refreshment centre, voice and data communications options, and an entertainment system.
The pilot-friendly cockpit enables singlepilot operation and offers the advanced Prodigy Touch Flight Deck. The features it carries from a class above include single-point refuelling, externally serviced lavatory, and an air stair.
A VERY CLOSE SECOND WAS ……
TEXTRON AVIATION which announced that the Cessna Citation Latitude had quickly become one of the world’s best-selling business jets since entering the market in August 2015, and was the leader in the midsize segment with more deliveries in 2016 than any other aircraft in its category.
Since its introduction, the aircraft rapidly set a new standard, redefining the expectations of a midsize business jet. In 2016, the company delivered 42 Latitudes, making it the most delivered midsize jet in the world for that year. With certification in 35 countries, the global fleet of 58 aircraft has already surpassed 18 000 flight hours.
Textron Aviation further claims that the Latitude, with a maximum range of 2 850 nautical miles and a best-in-class four-passenger range of 2 700 nautical miles at high-speed cruise, is set apart from the competition by its combination of comfort and efficiency.
“The aircraft offers an unrivalled cabin experience featuring th
most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in its category. With a flat floor and six feet of cabin height, innovation abounds with exceptional features designed throughout the aircraft,” the company’s press release stated.......................................To read the full article please subscribe to our E Magazine Here.
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