The order, for an unspecified number of Praetor 500 and 600 family mid- and supersize aircraft, as well as Legacy 450 and Phenom 300 midsize jets, is a huge vote of confidence in Embraer Executive Jets as the parent company spins off its airliner business into a joint venture with Boeing next year.

The number of aircraft was not disclosed, and neither was the delivery timetable except that Flexjet will start taking aircraft “imminently,” according to Embraer Executive Jets president and chief executive officer Michael Amalfitano. “This is a firm order with money in the house, and you will be hearing more news soon,” he told ShowNews.

This is the fourth time Flexjet has introduced a new Embraer jet to the fractional market: previous introductions were the Legacy Executive in 2003, the Phenom 300 in 2010 and the Legacy 450 in 2016.

Since joining Flexjet, the Legacy 450 has proven exceptionally popular as a key component of the premium Red Label by Flexjet offering, the company notes. “In competing head-to-head with the Citation Latitude, the Legacy 450 stands out with 10% more cabin volume, a speed advantage of more than 40 mph and an additional 40 cu. ft. of baggage space, to name just a few of the superior features. And nearly 35,000 hours of flight data from Flexjet owners fueled Embraer’s development of the Praetor.”

Building off of “that exceptional platform,” Flexjet will be converting its full Legacy 450 fleet into Praetor 500s, it said.

Flexjet chief executive officer Michael Silvestro commented that “the spirit of innovation at Embraer keeps us coming back time and again because it dovetails perfectly with our commitment to provide the youngest, most modern fleet to our fractional owners.”

The Praetor upgrades the Legacy 450/500 into true corner-to-corner, transcontinental and, in many cases, transoceanic aircraft. The Praetors have ranges of 3,843 statute miles (Praetor 500) and 4,623 statute miles (Praetor 600).

In anticipation of this order, Flexjet has been aggressive in recruiting pilots this year and recently met its 2019 goal of hiring 175 new pilots.

Flexjet first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. To date there are more than 30 different interior designs across its fleet, which includes the Challenger 300 and 350, the Embraer Phenon 300 and Legacy 450, Global Express, the Gulfstream G450, G500 and G650, and an order for the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet.