The Embraer Praetor 500 and Embraer Praetor 600 are two of the latest private jets to enter the market, with deliveries having started in 2019. Both aircraft have been described as “disruptive” by Embraer due to their impressive performance, comfort levels and value for money.
The aircraft, as the Praetor name suggests, are sister aircraft within the same family. And, unsurprisingly, the Praetor 600 is larger than the Praetor 500.
The Praetor series of aircraft are the successors of the popular Legacy aircraft from Embraer. The Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 have been replaced with the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 aircraft, respectively.
Therefore, given that these aircraft are related, what are their differences?
Firstly, the performance of each aircraft.
Starting with the Praetor 500, it is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines. Each engine is capable of outputting up to 6,540 lbs of thrust. Therefore, the resulting total thrust output is 3,080 lbs.
On the other hand the Praetor 600 is powered by the same two Honeywell HTF7500E engines. However, when bolted to the Praetor 600 each engine is capable of producing up to 7,528 lbs of thrust. Therefore, the total thrust output comes to 15,056 lbs.
Both aircraft are able to cruise at a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet. And, despite the Praetor 600 having a higher thrust output, both aircraft can cruise at the same maximum speed.
The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 both have a maximum cruise speed of 466 knots. This is a respectable speed for aircraft within this category. For example, a cruise speed of 466 knots is faster than the Bombardier Challenger 350. See a comparison between the Challenger 350 and Praetor 600 here.
Given the sizeable number of similarities between these two aircraft, the area that they differ most is range.
However, the maximum range of the Praetor 500 falls short of the Praetor 600. The Praetor 600 has a maximum range of 4,018 nautical miles. Therefore, the Praetor 600 is able to fly further than competitors such as the Bombardier Challenger 650 and the Gulfstream G280.
As a result, the Embraer Praetor 600 is able to fly non-stop from New York to Rome or Singapore to Sydney.
The minimum distance required for take off and landing is as you would expect.
The larger Praetor 600 has a longer minimum take off distance, along with a longer minimum landing distance.
The Praetor 500 is capable of take off in as little as 4,222 feet while the Praetor 600 requires at least 4,717 feet to get in the air.
When it comes time to land the Praetor 500 can come to a full stop in just 2,086 feet. However, the Praetor 600 isn’t far behind with a minimum landing distance of 2,165 feet.
These figures are exactly as one would expect given the size differences between the aircraft. The larger Praetor 600 requires a longer runway.
However, a difference of 500 feet when it comes to minimum take off distance is likely to go unnoticed in most scenarios.
When assessing the interior cabin dimensions of each aircraft it further highlights the fact that both aircraft share the same platform. Of course, that is no bad thing.
Both aircraft have the same measurements when it comes to interior width and interior height.
The interior width of both the Praetor 500 and 600 measures 2.08 meters. Additionally, the interior height of both aircraft measures 1.83 meters. This is almost exactly 6 feet tall.
As a result, most passengers will be able to easily stand up straight.
However, the measurement that these aircraft differ on is the length. The Praetor 500 measures 7.32 meters in length, compared with the 8.38 meter length of the Praetor 600.
Consequently the Praetor 600 has a higher passenger capacity, being able to carry up to 12 passengers. Whereas the Praetor 500 has a maximum passenger capacity of 9.
And finally, baggage capacity. The Praetor 600 has a slightly larger baggage capacity measuring 155 cubic feet compared with the Praetor 500 baggage capacity of 150 cubic feet.
The interiors of both aircraft are remarkably similar. Of course, this is to be expected given that they share the same platform.
Both aircraft have a maximum cabin altitude of 5,800 feet with a cabin noise level of 53 decibels. The benefits of a low cabin altitude and low cabin noise level is a more pleasant cabin experience, along with reducing the effects of jet lag.
Praetor 500 Interior
The main cabin features 4 seats in a club configuration, with two forward facing seats just behind. Whether you are working or dining, the cabin’s stowable tables (made of carbon fibre) offer plenty of space for activities, opening flush with the side ledge – highlighting the excellent attention to detail and superb craftsmanship throughout the cabin.
The seats all recline and swivel, perfect if you wish to work alone or have a discussion with your fellow passengers. Of course, the seats can be converted into fully flat beds should you be flying during the night or fancy a nap.
The seats feature a stitch pattern which is said to be modeled after the stone walkways by Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, with the silk and wool carpets designed to represent the ripples in the ocean during a perfectly calm day.
The highly functional galley will impress you with options, from a refreshing drink to a nourishing meal. Comprehensively equipped with a microwave, conventional oven, refrigerator, coffee brewer, and beautiful crystal, china, and silverware, the beautiful and functional galley makes your flight experience comfortable and fulfilling.
You will never be out of touch with the outside world when flying the Praetor 500 thanks to the state-of-the-art connectivity system – Gogo AVANCE L5 and Ka-band technology, making the Wi-Fi connectivity just as strong and reliable as the home or office.
Furthermore, the aircraft’s Honeywell Ovation Select Cabin Management Suite provides full 1080P HD video streaming and immersive audio throughout the cabin. Unique to Embraer business jets, the upper technology panel with touchscreen puts flight status information, ambient lighting and access to cabin controls directly at your fingertips.
Embraer Praetor 500 Interior
Embraer Praetor 500 Exterior
Praetor 600 Interior
Thoughtful design decisions have maximized the feel of space within the cabin. For example, the cabin’s stowable tables can be stowed away and completely hidden. When erected the tables open flush with the side ledge. This provides ample space for you and 11 other passengers (12 passenger capacity total).
The seats throughout the cabin can recline and swivel as you wish to get you sitting in the perfect position. Furthermore the plush seats can be effortlessly turned into comfortable, fully flat beds.
At the front of the passenger cabin, Embraer has integrated a luxurious stone-floored, highly functional galley. This has been designed to provide you all your desires as you are crossing oceans on a long flight. From warm coffee to a refreshing drink to a nourishing meal. Embraer has equipped the galley with a microwave, conventional oven, refrigerator, coffee brewer, and beautiful crystal, china, and silverware.
Being one of the most modern business aircraft in the sky, Embraer have left no stone unturned in regards to onboard technology. Home-like WiFi. Touchscreen cabin controls. Immersive audio and video streaming. Touchscreens are integrated into the overhead panels putting all cabin controls and information at your fingertips.
Embraer have developed an online configurator allowing you to spec out your own aircraft.
The difference in the estimated hourly charter price of these aircraft is stark. Please note that there are many factors that impact the charter cost of an aircraft. Therefore, these prices are only estimates.
The estimated hourly charter price of the Praetor 500 is $4,500.
In comparison, the estimated hourly charter price of the Praetor 600 is $8,000.
The list price for a new Praetor 500 is $17 million. Whereas the list price of a new Praetor 600 is $21 million.
Given the capabilities of these aircraft, along with the luxury and efficiency, these aircraft are even more incredible.
Moreover, current market values demonstrate the impressive way that these aircraft hold their value.
The estimated market value of a three year old Praetor 500 is $14 million. Therefore, after three years the Praetor 500 is able to retain over 80% of its original value.
Additionally, the Praetor 600 is estimated to have a market value of $18 million at the two year old mark. This, therefore, results in an 85% retention of value after two years.
These levels of depreciation are almost unheard of with private jets. For example, an aircraft like the Bombardier Challenger 350 decreases in value by around 40% after three years.
Embraer weren’t lying when they called the Praetor 500 and 600 disruptive.
Both aircraft demonstrate excellent value for money. Moreover, both aircraft are extremely capable.
Additionally, Embraer have developed the aircraft to suit almost every type of mission. If the Praetor 500 is unable to suit your range requirements then a Praetor 600 is ready and waiting.
This is much like the way that Cessna have positioned the Latitude and Longitude aircraft.
So, which is the better aircraft? The 500 or the 600.
Boiling this comparison down into its most basic form, these aircraft are interchangeable. If the Praetor 500 is able to complete the mission, then that’s the one to go for. If it can’t then the Praetor 600 is the one to have.
It comes down to your range and passenger requirements. Other than that, these aircraft are just as excellent as each other.