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Why is Phenom 300 a Market Leader?

Updated: Apr 24


The Phenom 300, produced by Embraer, a Brazilian aerospace company has established itself as a frontrunner in the business aviation industry, captivating both operators and passengers alike. Despite its design and impressive performance metrics, what truly sets the Phenom 300 apart is its combination of reliability, efficiency, and market acceptance.

Did you know?

  • Embraer delivered 63 Phenom 300 series throughout 2023.

  • Embraer Phenom 300 is the most utilized Light jet with an average of more than 25 flights per aircraft which is nearly 66% higher than the light business jet category average of 14.7. 

  • According to the General Aviation Manufacturer Association, the Phenom 300 has attained the best-selling twin jet for the fourth year in a row.

  • With over 2 million flight hours logged, the Phenom 300 recently became the most-flown aircraft in the United States, with more than 360,000 flights in a 12-month period.

Let's explore what makes the Phenom 300 the preferred choice among private jet charter travelers and aviation professionals.


The history of the Phenom 300 traces back to the early 2000s when Embraer recognized a growing demand for light and midsize business jets. In response to this market need, the company embarked on a design project to create an aircraft that would offer superior performance, comfort, and efficiency.

Design and Development:

The design work for the Phenom 300 began before its predecessor, the Phenom 100, had even flown. Embraer aimed to capitalize on the success of the Phenom 100 by developing a larger aircraft with enhanced capabilities. The company's engineers focused on creating an aerodynamic airframe equipped with powerful engines to deliver superior performance.

The Phenom 300 made its public debut in 2009, showcasing its advanced features. Embraer aimed to position the aircraft as a leading contender in the light and midsize jet market, competing with established manufacturers such as Cessna and Bombardier.


  • Standard Seating: The Phenom 300 typically offers seating for 6 passengers in its standard configuration. 

  • Maximum Capacity: However, when needed, the cabin can accommodate up to 10 passengers. This maximum capacity includes the option to add extra seats. 

  • Single-Pilot Operations: Notably, the Phenom 300 is rated for single-pilot operations, making it an efficient choice for those who prefer to fly with minimal crew.


  • Length: 15.91 meters (52 feet 2 inches)

  • Wingspan: 16.2 meters (53 feet 2 inches)

  • Height: 5.16 meters (16 feet 11 inches)

  • Cabin Length: 5.23 meters (17 feet 2 inches)

  • Cabin Width: 1.55 meters (5 feet 1 inch)

  • Cabin Height: 1.50 meters (4 feet 11 inches)

These dimensions contribute to the Phenom 300's comfortable and accommodating cabin layout, providing ample space for passengers to relax and move around during flights.

Specifications of Phenom 300- 

A pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E turbofan engines power the Phenom 300, mounted on fuselage pylons by the rear. The initial engine models produced 3360 lbf of thrust each.

The fuel tanks on the Phenom 300 carry up to 5353 lbs, with a single-point refueling system to make ground operations quicker. This means that the aircraft can fly coast to coast in the U.S. with just one stop. 

The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 17968 lbs and an empty weight of 11793 lbs. The landing weight is 17042 lbs.

Phenom 300 is known for its relatively low fuel consumption compared to other jets in its class. It boasts impressive fuel efficiency, allowing for longer-range flights while consuming less fuel per hour.


Speed: The Phenom 300 has an impressive cruise speed of approximately Mach 0.78. This translates to approximately 446 knots or 863 kilometers per hour, allowing for swift and efficient travel between destinations.

Range: With its efficient fuel usage and aerodynamic design, the Phenom 300 offers an impressive maximum range of approximately 1,992 nautical miles with reserves. This allows for non-stop flights between many city pairs, making it ideal for both short-haul and long-distance travel.

Altitude Capabilities: The Phenom 300 operates at a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), enabling it to cruise comfortably above most weather systems and air traffic. This high-altitude capability enhances passenger comfort and allows for smoother flights, particularly on longer journeys.

Climb Performance: The aircraft features strong climb performance, with a standard climb profile typically reaching 5,000 feet at 200 knots indicated airspeed and a rate of climb of 4,000 feet per minute. This enables rapid ascent to cruising altitude, reducing overall flight time and enhancing efficiency.

Runway Requirements: Despite its high-performance capabilities, the Phenom 300 requires relatively short runway lengths for takeoff and landing. It can take off from runways as short as 3,138 feet (956 meters) and land on runways as short as 2,621 feet (799 meters), providing flexibility for operations at airports with limited infrastructure.

The latest version of the Phenom 300 holds the title of the fastest and longest-range single-pilot business jet. Thanks to the more powerful PW535E1 engines, the top speed increased from 446 to 464 knots, with a marginally better range. At standard cruise settings, the aircraft burns through 1000 lbs per hour. This figure can go as low as 763 lbs/h at the expense of speed.

Continuous Upgrades after Phenom 300-

Most recently, Embraer announced a new autothrottle feature that will be available for the Phenom 300E. The optional feature is set to enhance the already single-pilot-friendly cockpit, which includes the highly advanced Prodigy Touch based on Garmin G3000, further enhancing the aircraft’s operational capabilities.

As the fastest light jet in production, the Phenom 300E has a high-speed cruise of 464 knots and a five-occupant range of 2,010 nautical miles (3,724 km) with NBAA IFR reserves. Additionally, the aircraft offers unmatched avionics, including a Runway Overrun Awareness and Alerting System (ROAAS)—the first to be developed and certified in business aviation—as well as Coupled Go-Around, Emergency Descent Mode (EDM), and more.

Major Findings- 

  • Embraer Phenom 300 essentially offered the functionality of a midsize jet while maintaining the operating cost of a light jet, which is the fundamental reason behind its popularity.

  • With a range of 2000 nautical miles and consuming less than 1000 pounds of fuel per hour, it showcases remarkable efficiency and performance.

  • It eliminates the need for an auxiliary power unit, utilizing a ground mode of the main engines for onboard systems, thus saving on costs.

  • Single Pilot operations in private category/ferry flights. 

  • Embraer provides owners and operators with substantial warranty coverage and excellent support, guaranteeing peace of mind.

  • Luxury interiors designed by BMW to provide the utmost comfort to clients.

In conclusion, the Embraer Phenom 300's impressive track record, history, design, dimensions, specifications, fuel efficiency, performance, and continuous upgrades solidify its position as the market leader in the business aviation industry. As the preferred choice among operators and passengers worldwide, the Phenom 300 continues to set new standards of excellence and redefine the private jet experience.

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