Embraer Formalizes Go-Ahead for Two New Jets

Embraer has confirmed it will proceed with development of two new jet projects, a so-called Midlight Jet (MLJ) and a Midsize Jet (MSJ). Though not yet named, the new jets will fall between the Brazilian company's Phenom 100 and 300 models and the Legacy 600, a business jet version of the ERJ135 regional jet liner. The two new jets will share the same wing design and fuselage cross section. But the MLJ is projected to have a "regional" range of 2,300 nautical miles while the MSJ will be a "coast-to-coast" jet with 3,000-nautical mile range.

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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