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The Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E are two popular business jets designed to offer exceptional performance, comfort, and efficiency for a wide range of travel needs.

In this comparison, we will examine the key differences between these aircraft models in terms of performance, cabin dimensions, cost, and other factors that contribute to the overall travel experience.

By understanding these distinctions, operators can make an informed decision on which aircraft best suits their requirements and preferences.

Embraer Phenom 300 Exterior
Embraer Phenom 300E Exterior on ground outside Embraer hangar

Performance

The Embraer Phenom 300 and Embraer Phenom 300E are both popular business jets that offer impressive performance and capabilities. Here is a comparison of their key performance metrics to help understand the differences between the two aircraft.

Both aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, with the Phenom 300 featuring PW535E1 engines, while the Phenom 300E has PW535E engines. The Phenom 300 has a total engine thrust of 6,720 lbs, with each engine producing 3,360 lbs. In contrast, the Phenom 300E has a slightly higher total engine thrust of 6,956 lbs, with each engine generating 3,478 lbs. This difference in thrust contributes to the improved performance of the Phenom 300E.

The Phenom 300 has a high-speed cruise of 453 knots, while the Phenom 300E is slightly faster at 464 knots. This 11-knot difference can result in reduced travel time for passengers on longer flights.

When it comes to long-range cruising, the Phenom 300 has a speed of 383 knots, while the Phenom 300E is marginally faster at 384 knots. This small difference might not be significant, but it does contribute to the overall improved performance of the Phenom 300E.

Both the Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E share the same maximum altitude of 45,000 feet, allowing them to fly above most weather systems and commercial air traffic for a smoother ride.

The Phenom 300 boasts a climb rate of 4,050 feet per minute, which is faster than the Phenom 300E’s climb rate of 3,851 feet per minute. This difference means that the Phenom 300 can reach its cruising altitude more quickly than the Phenom 300E.

The initial cruise altitude for both aircraft is the same at 43,000 feet, providing a comfortable and efficient cruising experience.

Despite their differences in performance, both the Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E have the same fuel burn rate of 158 gallons per hour. This similarity demonstrates the efficiency of both aircraft models.

Range

The Phenom 300 has a maximum range of 1,971 nautical miles (NM), which is equivalent to 2,267 miles or 3,649 kilometers. On the other hand, the Phenom 300E boasts a slightly longer maximum range of 2,010 NM, which translates to 2,312 miles or 3,722 kilometers.

With a maximum range of 1,971 NM, the Phenom 300 can fly non-stop between city pairs such as New York to Los Angeles, London to Moscow, or Dubai to Paris. Meanwhile, the Phenom 300E’s 2,010 NM range enables it to connect cities like San Francisco to Miami, Madrid to Tel Aviv, or Singapore to Tokyo.

Assuming an average long-range cruise speed of 383 knots for the Phenom 300 and 384 knots for the Phenom 300E, these aircraft can fly non-stop for approximately 5.14 hours and 5.23 hours, respectively. This allows passengers to enjoy uninterrupted travel over considerable distances.

Of course, these figures assume optimum conditions and there are a number of factors that will influence the range of a private jet. A few are:

  1. Payload: The number of passengers and the weight of their luggage can significantly impact the aircraft’s range. As the payload increases, the range tends to decrease.
  2. Weather Conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as strong headwinds, can reduce the range by forcing the aircraft to consume more fuel to maintain its desired speed and altitude.
  3. Flight Altitude: The altitude at which the aircraft cruises can affect its fuel efficiency, and consequently, its range. Flying at higher altitudes usually results in lower air resistance and better fuel efficiency.
Maximum range of the Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E taking-off from New York City

Ground Performance

The ground performance of the Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E is another crucial aspect to consider when comparing these two aircraft.

The Phenom 300 has a take-off distance of 3,138 feet and a landing distance of 2,621 feet. In contrast, the Phenom 300E requires a slightly longer take-off distance of 3,209 feet but has a significantly shorter landing distance of 2,212 feet.

It is important to note that these figures represent the best-case scenario under optimal conditions.

Factors like runway altitude, temperature, wind, and aircraft weight can influence the actual take-off distance needed. For instance, high-altitude airports with thin air or hot temperatures can increase the required take-off distance as the aircraft’s lift and engine performance are affected. Similarly, a fully loaded aircraft will need a longer runway for take-off compared to one with a lighter load.

A shorter take-off distance enables these aircraft to operate from smaller airports with shorter runways, increasing their versatility and accessibility. This flexibility allows passengers to access more remote locations, avoid congestion at larger airports, and potentially save time by flying closer to their final destination.

Interior Dimensions

When comparing the internal dimensions of the Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E, it is evident that both aircraft offer similar cabin spaces for passengers. The Phenom 300 has an interior length of 17.16 feet, an interior height of 4.92 feet, and an interior width of 4.99 feet. On the other hand, the Phenom 300E shares the same interior length and height but offers a slightly wider cabin with an interior width of 5.09 feet.

A wider cabin, as seen in the Phenom 300E, provides passengers with increased comfort and additional space for seating and movement within the aircraft. This extra width can enhance the overall travel experience, especially on longer flights where passengers may spend more time inside the cabin.

It is important to note that neither the Phenom 300 nor the Phenom 300E features a flat floor, which may impact passenger comfort and ease of movement within the cabin. However, this design aspect does not significantly detract from the overall cabin experience.

Both aircraft are capable of accommodating up to 10 passengers, although most typical configurations allow for six passengers in a comfortable seating arrangement. To reach the maximum capacity of 10 passengers, one would need to include a passenger seated on the belted lavatory and another in the cockpit, as both aircraft are single-pilot certified. This flexibility in seating capacity caters to various passenger needs and preferences, ensuring a versatile travel experience.

In summary, the Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E offer similar internal dimensions, with the Phenom 300E boasting a slightly wider cabin for added comfort. Both aircraft can carry up to 10 passengers in certain configurations, making them suitable choices for a range of travel requirements.

Interior

When comparing the interiors of the Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E, it is essential to consider not only the dimensions but also the overall comfort and experience for passengers. One critical factor that contributes to a comfortable flight experience is maintaining a low cabin altitude.

Both the Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E excel in this aspect, as they share a cabin altitude of 6,600 feet and can maintain a sea-level cabin up to an impressive 24,810 feet.

A low cabin altitude is crucial because it reduces the effects of altitude-related fatigue and discomfort, ensuring passengers arrive at their destinations feeling refreshed and well-rested.

By maintaining a sea-level cabin at higher altitudes, the Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E prioritize passenger comfort, setting them apart from other business jets in their class.

Embraer Phenom 300

The old Phenom 300 features a private lavatory, climate control systems, LED cabin lighting, and boasts an abundance of baggage space at 76 cubic feet. BMW enthusiasts will feel at home when they enter the Phenom 300’s stylish interior as the cabin itself was designed by BMW Designworks USA.

Simple yet elegant, the model features an “Oval Lite” cabin which was designed to offer a spacious atmosphere with ample head-and-shoulder room.

Within the cabin, eleven windows ensure that there is plenty of natural lighting during daytime flights. Interior customizations are also possible with a two-place divan option as well as accommodating club seating. Altogether, travelers looking for a modern, luxurious, and comfortable interior at light jet pricing are sure to be pleased with the Phenom 300.

Embraer Phenom 300

Embraer Phenom 300 Interior
Embraer Phenom 300 Interior
Embraer Phenom 300 Interior
Embraer Phenom 300 Interior

Embraer Phenom 300E

Embraer Phenom 300E interior low down shot of cabin during flight with blue interior
Embraer Phenom 300E interior side facing divan with galley and cakes
Embraer Phenom 300E interior seat with table out and headphones on table
Embraer Phenom 300E interior cabin with blue and gray interior, window shades shut

Embraer Phenom 300E

With the performance numbers and exterior of the Phenom 300E being very similar to that of the Phenom 300, one is left to wonder where the significant changes have occurred. Once inside the aircraft, the differences are clear. The feedback that Embraer received from customers was that they loved the performance, but the interior comfort could use some work.

And that is exactly what Embraer has done with the 300E, claiming that the update features “a total redesign of the 300’s interior.” Tables, window shades, seats, and ceiling panels have all been updated and redesigned. The low cabin altitude of 6,600 feet and quiet cabin noise level of just 75 dB will ensure that you can comfortably work or relax so that you arrive at your destination as refreshed as possible.

The new seats feature retractable armrests and thigh supports, along with tracks that allow for the cabin seats to pivot away from the side walls to increase the amount of shoulder room each passenger has, giving passengers even more space.

The retractable armrests also create more space within the cabin, with the Phenom 300E featuring a slightly wider aisle than the previous generation 300. The seating within this light jet allows for a maximum occupancy of 11 persons (including crew), resulting in a maximum occupancy of 10 passengers. Keep in mind though that with 10 passengers onboard you will know them very well by the time that you land at your destination.

The new cabin has been described as “forward-thinking” and features proximity-activated controls, adjustable lighting, touchscreen monitors and Embraer patented flush gaspers. Combining multiple zones of personalization, an advanced cabin control system that allows portable device integration and wireless audio/video streaming, all adding to the sophisticated interior enhancements.

Charter Price

The charter price per hour for the Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E can vary based on several factors, but typically, the Phenom 300E is slightly more expensive due to its enhanced features and performance.

On average, the charter price for the Phenom 300 may range from $2,500 to $3,500 per hour, while the Phenom 300E can cost between $3,000 to $4,000 per hour.

It is essential to note that these prices are approximate and can be influenced by various factors, including:

  1. Aircraft availability: The supply and demand for specific aircraft types in a particular region can impact the charter price.
  2. Trip duration: Longer trips may result in lower hourly rates, while shorter trips may have higher hourly rates due to fixed costs associated with each flight.
  3. Seasonality: Charter prices can be affected by peak travel periods, such as holidays or major events, and may increase during those times.
  4. Repositioning fees: If an aircraft needs to be repositioned before or after a charter, additional costs may be incurred and factored into the overall price.
  5. Additional services: Catering, ground transportation, or other specialized services requested by passengers can influence the total cost of the charter.

Purchase Price

When comparing the purchase prices of the Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E, the newer Phenom 300E comes with a higher initial cost.

A brand-new Phenom 300 was priced at $8,990,000, while a new Phenom 300E costs $9,450,000.

A significant aspect to consider when purchasing an aircraft is its depreciation rate.

The Phenom 300 depreciates at a rate of 4.32% per year. For instance, a 2015 model of the Phenom 300 is estimated to cost $8,400,000, and after three years, its value would be approximately $7,357,712.

On the other hand, the Phenom 300E has a lower depreciation rate of 2.31% per year. A 2018 model of the Phenom 300E is estimated to cost $9,100,000, and after three years, its value would be about $8,483,825.

The difference in depreciation rates between the two aircraft models indicates that the Phenom 300E may be a better investment in terms of retaining its value over time. However, it’s essential to weigh the benefits of each aircraft’s features and performance against their respective costs to determine which option best suits your needs and preferences.

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Summary

In summary, the Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E are both impressive business jets that cater to a wide range of travel requirements. While they share many similarities, there are noticeable differences in performance, cabin dimensions, and cost.

The Phenom 300E offers slightly better performance with increased engine thrust, higher high-speed cruise, and a marginally longer maximum range compared to the Phenom 300. However, the Phenom 300 has a faster climb rate. Both aircraft have similar internal dimensions, but the Phenom 300E boasts a slightly wider cabin for added passenger comfort.

In terms of cost, the Phenom 300E has a higher initial purchase price and hourly charter price compared to the Phenom 300. Despite this, the Phenom 300E has a lower depreciation rate, making it a potentially better investment in terms of retaining its value over time.

Both aircraft maintain a low cabin altitude, prioritizing passenger comfort during flights. They can accommodate up to 10 passengers in certain configurations, although typical arrangements seat six passengers comfortably.

Considering all these factors, the choice between the Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E depends on the specific needs and preferences of the operator. The Phenom 300E may be the preferred option for those seeking enhanced performance and comfort, while the Phenom 300 could be more appealing to those looking for a more cost-effective solution without sacrificing too much in terms of performance and features.

Benedict

Benedict is a dedicated writer, specializing in in-depth discussions of private aviation ownership and its associated topics.

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