Embraer introduced a pair of new private jets on Sunday in Orlando, Florida dubbed the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600. The pair represents the Brazilian plane maker’s newest entrants in the mid-size and super mid-size private jet market.
“The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the disruptive aircraft for the entrepreneur, for the pioneer, for the innovator,” Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Michael Amalfitano said in a statement.
Neither aircraft is a brand-new clean sheet design. Rather they are derived from two of Embraer’s current Florida-built jets. The Praetor 500 is based on the existing Legacy 450, while the Praetor 600 is a development of the Legacy 500.
The biggest update to the jet is in terms of range with the Praetor 500 capable of going 3,740 miles and the 600 can do flights up to 4,500 miles.
The decision to leave behind the Legacy moniker is an effort on the part of the company to differentiate its dedicated business jets like Legacy 450/500 and Praetor 500/600 from its commercial derived models like the Legacy 650, Embraer’s vice president for interior design, Jay Beever told Business Insider in an interview.
Named after the title given to high-level government magistrates in ancient Rome, the Praetor name was selected to convey the sense that the jet is the owner’s ultimate servant, Beever explained.
Interestingly, the Praetor 500/600 will not replace the two aircraft on which they are based. Instead, the Legacy 450/500 remain available for customers who don’t require the new planes’ increased capabilities.
For the new aircraft, Beever and his team created a custom interior option called the Bossa Nova that’s inspired by the soul and beauty of Brazil’s beaches.
Here’s a closer look at the Embraer Praetor 500/600 and the Bossa Nova interior:
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