Embraer’s Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 complete 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) flight tests.
Embraer has successfully tested their Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 aircraft using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The tests took place at Embraer’s Melbourne facility and involved running one of the engines solely on SAF provided by World Fuel. This collaborative effort included engine partners Honeywell Aerospace, Parker, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Safran.
- Completing the tests is a significant step towards achieving the aviation industry’s net-zero emissions goal by 2050 and Embraer’s net-zero target by 2040.
- Tests provided significant knowledge on the systems’ performance when utilizing fuel that has a composition of 100% SAF on Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell engines.
Making Private Jets More Sustainable
Embraer’s focus on sustainability is evident in their commitment to incorporating SAF into their aircraft. These tests were a significant milestone as they provided valuable insights into the performance of systems when using SAF blends of up to 100%. SAF is a renewable energy source that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to traditional jet fuel. Embracing SAF supports Embraer’s goal of achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2040 and contributes to the industry-wide target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
“We are proud to have successfully flown the Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 on 100% neat SAF, an important step as our operators are increasingly interested in and adopting this fuel,” said Michael Amalfitano, Embraer Executive Jets President and CEO. “This achievement is an important milestone in our journey towards net-zero emissions by 2050 and demonstrates our commitment to sustainability, our customers and our stakeholders.”
Why Neat SAF Matters
Embraer aircraft are currently approved to use a mixture of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blended with conventional Jet Fuel, with a maximum blend of 50%. This is in accordance with the specifications set by ASTM International. However, there are ongoing discussions regarding the possibility of future specifications that would allow for fuels containing up to 100% SAF. Such a development would maximize the potential for reducing emissions by utilizing sustainable, non-fossil-based sources.
Embraer is deeply committed to sustainability and considers it a fundamental part of its business strategy. As part of this commitment, the company continuously explores innovative ways to minimize its environmental impact. The recent flights of the Phenom 300 and Praetor 600 using 100% neat SAF mark significant milestones in these efforts. Embraer is actively working towards a more sustainable future for the aviation industry, researching and developing low- and zero-emission alternative propulsion systems such as electrification, hybrid-electric, and hydrogen, and seeking out other opportunities to enhance sustainability in the industry.
About the Phenom 300E
The Phenom 300E jet stands out for its impressive speed and long-range capabilities. It can reach a high-speed cruise of 464 knots and travel up to 2,010 nautical miles (3,724 km) with five occupants while ensuring compliance with NBAA IFR reserves. It also boasts lower operational and maintenance costs compared to similar aircraft in its class.
Equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E1 engines generating 3,478 pounds of thrust each, the Phenom 300E can effortlessly soar to an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). Its cockpit incorporates the user-friendly Prodigy Touch Flight Deck, based on the highly-regarded Garmin 3000 avionics suite. It enables easy single-pilot operations. Moreover, it is the first and only aircraft to feature Embraer’s innovative Runway Overrun and Awareness Alerting System (ROAAS). With the addition of autothrottle both systems work together to minimize pilot workload.
Inside the cabin, the Phenom 300E impresses with its well-thought-out design. It offers a spacious and comfortable seating area adorned with Embraer DNA Design, ensuring a pleasant journey for passengers. Natural light floods the cabin through generous windows and a private lavatory with its own source of natural lighting. The seating is designed for maximum comfort, with adjustable and movable seats, while the pressurization system ensures a maximum cabin altitude of 6,600 feet, providing a pleasant and comfortable environment.
Additional features include separate temperature control zones for pilots and passengers, ample baggage storage, a wardrobe and refreshment center, voice and data communications, and an entertainment system to enhance the flying experience.
About the Praetor Jets
The advanced Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600 stand out in their respective categories. The Praetor 500 has exceeded certification goals. It achieved an impressive intercontinental range of 3,340 nautical miles (6,186 km) while carrying four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves. It is the fastest and furthest-flying midsize jet. The Praetor 500 can operate nonstop flights across North America, from Miami to Seattle or Los Angeles to New York. The Praetor 600 is the world’s farthest-flying super-midsize jet. It can complete nonstop flights like Paris to New York or São Paulo to Miami. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, it boasts an impressive intercontinental range of 4,018 nautical miles (7,441 km).
Praetor jets set a high bar for customer experience in the midsize and super-midsize categories. The interior of the Praetor jets, designed with Embraer DNA, offer a luxurious and spacious cabin experience. The flat-floor cabin is six feet tall and features stone flooring, while the vacuum service lavatory adds convenience. With their class-exclusive turbulence reduction capability and 5,800-foot cabin altitude, along with a whisper-silent cabin. In addition, the aircraft offer ample storage space. They feature a generous wardrobe, a full vanity in the rear private lavatory, and the largest baggage compartment in their class.
Embraer has seamlessly integrated advanced technology throughout the cabin of the Praetor jets. The industry-exclusive Upper Tech Panel displays flight information and provides cabin management features. Passengers can also access cabin management features on personal devices through Honeywell Ovation Select. Passengers can enjoy high-capacity, ultra-high-speed connectivity. Powered by Viasat’s Ka-band, it offers speeds of 20Mbps, which supports video streaming, yet another industry-exclusive feature in midsize jets.
About Embraer Executive Jets
Embraer is creating tomorrow’s world of bespoke private air travel today. With its industry-leading innovation, design, and technology, the OEM also incorporates sustainable and socially responsible practices. A global company with over 54 years in aerospace, Embraer delivers the ultimate experience in business aviation. Its aircraft feature disruptive performance, technology, and comfort. Embraer’s executive jet portfolio features cutting-edge aircraft. The Phenom 100EX offers unmatched cabin comfort, the highest levels of operational versatility, and enhanced pilot-centric avionics. The Phenom 300E has been the best-selling light jet for 11 consecutive years. The Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600 are the most disruptive and technologically advanced midsize and super-midsize business jets, respectively. For more information, visit executive.embraer.com.