For the past six years, Embraer Executive Jets’ Phenom 300 has dominated the light jet category. With a belted lavatory seat, two-place divan, and a single pilot, it can actually haul 10 passengers, although more typically it flies with two pilots and seven comfortable club seats. There are even roomier six-seat configurations. The new Phenom 300E provides updated options for cabin design and technology, and with its short-field and high-temperature capabilities, 2,268-mile range,17-foot-two-inch long, five-foot-one-inch wide and 76 cubic feet of baggage capacity, it has the feel of a midsize jet. For those looking to try before you buy, or even stick to chartering, the Phenom 300 has become a popular option for fractional share and lease programs, as well as sellers of jet cards.
Offering a spacious and luxurious cabin designed by BMW with large windows, the Phenom 300 is the ultimate private jet
Airshare (formerly Executive AirShare) was the launch customer for the Phenom 300E and has made the model the core of its fractional share, lease, and jet card options that are priced by the 10, starting with a minimum of only 10 days per year. The programs are specifically designed for users who are making multiple short flights in a single day, so it’s perfect if you need to visit several clients, stores, or factory locations. The privately held Kansas-based company operates in more than 15 areas in the United States.
One of only two companies that offer a national fractional ownership program, the Phenom 300 has become Flexjet’s core light jet offering with 25- and 50-hour cards and shares or leases starting at 50 hours per year ranging from 30 to 60 months. Cards start at $166,000 not including 7.5 percent Federal Excise Tax, according to Private Jet Card Comparisons. You won’t get bored, either. While all of Flexjet’s Phenom 300s are configured with seven-passenger seats, there are three designs — Cognac, Essex, and Maverick, the latter featuring white leather seats set on a dark carpet.
If you live in Maryland or near Austin, Texas, GrandView Aviation’s fleet of owned Phenom 300s provides a local operator option with beneficial pricing, particularly if you are making qualifying roundtrips.
Dallas-based JetSuite enjoys the financial backing of JetBlue and Qatar Airways. It has an owned fleet national fixed-rate, which guarantees the availability of the Phenom 300 program sold at $100,000, $250,000 and $500,000. The company recently re-launched its SuiteKey jet card program providing perks like complimentary helicopter transfers in select locations. It also provides upgraded catering, dedicated account reps, and an alliance with Ovation Vacations, a luxury travel agency that’s part of the Virtuoso network.
With 86 of the Phenom 300s in its world’s largest fleet of private jets, and another nine to be delivered this year, NetJets is a key reason for the success of the Embraer light jet. Unfortunately, the Phenom isn’t part of NetJets jet card program, so you will need to commit to either buying a share or lease with a minimum of 50 hours. Of course, you get the ability to access the full range of its fleet, which includes every cabin category, including the ultra-long-range Global Express.
Nicholas Air has established itself as a favorite for those looking for new aircraft — its entire fleet averages less than five years old. The company also has one of the most flexible programs with both hours and deposit-based jet cards sold that range between 15 and 120 hours, as well as leases and even fractional ownership for those of you who need over 150 hours per year. With some of the Nicholas Air programs, you can access not only the Phenom 300, but a variety of other aircraft in the fleet without an interchange fee. These include the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop, the Phenom 100 very light jet, as well as the Citation CJ3, also a light jet, and the Citation Latitude with a range of 2,850 miles. Nicholas Air jet card programs feature a 60-minute daily minimum, which includes taxi time, making it ideal if you do a mix of short and longer flights. Lead time is as short as 10 hours and members get 50 percent off empty legs.
Denver-based ONEflight International is currently the only jet card broker program to offer an aircraft-specific jet card featuring the Phenom 300. The program starts at 25 hours and members get a fixed hourly rate and guaranteed availability. They can also access similar guaranteed rates for over 50 different aircraft types.