NetJets Signs Deal for Up to 250 Embraer Praetor 500 Jets

The transaction is estimated to be valued up to $5 billion with deliveries expected to begin in 2025.

NetJets plans to add up to 250 Embraer Praetor jets to its fleet. [Courtesy: Embraer]

NetJets announced a deal with Embraer to acquire options for up to 250 Praetor 500 midsize jets—super midsize if you look at the cabin cross-section—including an agreement for services and support. The companies valued the transaction at more than $5 billion and expect to begin deliveries in 2025.

NetJets said the agreement will help it provide “an enhanced customer experience” as it conducts an average of 1,200 flights per day worldwide.

The companies’ relationship dates back to at least 2010, when NetJets entered its first purchase agreement with Embraer for 50 Phenom 300 jets with options for up to 75 additional aircraft. NetJets said the Phenom has since become one of its most requested aircraft. 

In 2021, following the delivery of more than 100 aircraft to NetJets, the companies entered a continuing agreement for as many as 100 additional Phenom 300E aircraft. The deal was valued at more than $1.2 billion.

“We are eager to add the Embraer Praetor 500, one of today’s most state-of-the-art business jets, to our midsize fleet,” said Doug Henneberry, executive vice president of NetJets’ aircraft asset management. “This historic fleet agreement is another way that we are growing our fleet for the benefit of our loyal customers. By adding up to 250 aircraft to our fleet, we will continue providing NetJets owners with exceptional service and seamless access to all corners of the globe.”

Said Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, “Since 2010, Embraer has enjoyed NetJets’ ongoing commitment to our industry-leading aircraft, which is a true testament to the value of our brand and our ability to deliver the ultimate experience in business aviation. After building this successful foundation with the Phenom 300 series, it’s our pleasure to have now signed this monumental deal for the Praetor 500 midsize jet, and we look forward to an even more exciting future ahead.”

Embraer said the Praetor 500’s speed, runway performance and range, making it capable of coast-to-coast U.S. flights, help set it apart from other jets in the midsize category. In addition to fly-by-wire controls, the Praetor 500 offers the lowest cabin altitude and the tallest, widest cabin cross-section in its class.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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