NetJets to Add Fleet of Embraer Praetor 500s

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Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets, the world’s largest private jet operator, has signed a new deal with Embraer for up to 250 Praetor 500 jet options. This partnership also includes a comprehensive services and support agreement, making the deal valued at over US $5 billion. The deliveries for this aircraft are expected to begin in 2025.

The Praetor 500 jet will be a new addition to NetJets’ fleet, which for over a decade has operated Embraer’s Phenom 300 series, one of the company’s most requested aircraft. This partnership between Embraer and NetJets began in 2010 when NetJets signed a purchase agreement for 50 Phenom 300 aircraft, with up to 75 additional options. In 2021, the companies signed a continuing deal for up to 100 additional Phenom 300/E jets, valued at over $1.2 billion, after Embraer successfully delivered over 100 aircraft.

NetJets’ commitment to creating an enhanced customer experience and its trust in Embraer’s industry-leading portfolio and top-ranked support has made this deal possible. NetJets is averaging over 1,200 worldwide flights per day.

“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.”

The Praetor 500 is the world’s most disruptive and technologically advanced midsize business jet. It has an impressive best-in-class range, enabling U.S. coast-to-coast capability, industry-leading speed, and unparalleled runway performance. It’s the only aircraft in its category with full fly-by-wire flight controls.

The Praetor 500 also offers exceptional comfort in its cabin. It features the lowest cabin altitude in its class, as well as the tallest and widest cross-section in the segment. Additionally, it offers a flat-floor cabin, stone flooring, a vacuum lavatory, and ample baggage space, including a fully enclosed internal baggage compartment.

“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,” said Michael Amalfitano, President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “Our strategic partnership has been an integral part of our business growth, with NetJets taking all aircraft delivery options that have been ordered with Embraer since inception. 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.”

© 2023 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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