Embraer 120 Brasilia Charter Flight Information
The Embraer 120 Brasilia charter jet is a pressurized twin turboprop produced by Brazilian company Embraer. This premier turboprop can accommodate up to 30 passengers, which is not surprising considering the 30-foot length of the cabin.
Additional features on this charter business aircraft include a:
- Full aft baggage compartment, perfect for lots of luggage
- State-of-the-art cockpit
The Brasilia, formally known as the Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia, soars at a cruising speed of 345 mph and has a maximum range of 2,097 nautical miles (945 nm fully loaded). It’s deal for group charter vacations from Miami to Las Vegas.
When the 120 Brasilia entered commercial service in 1985. There was nothing quite like it. It addressed a major need in the regional airline sector as there was no other aircraft specifically designed to service smaller communities.
The first company to use this twin turboprop was Atlantic Southeast Airlines based in Atlanta, Georgia. Due to its size, speed and higher cruising altitude, commercial operators could coordinate more direct services between cities. As its potential became evident, more commercial operators began using it across the US, and then other parts of the world.
In total, Embraer built more than 350 of these aircraft before serial production ceased in 2001.
While the 50-seat ERJ145 has since superseded the 120 Brasilia, the latter still remains a mainstay in many commercial fleets around the world.
When Embraer introduced the 120 Brasilia, it led all aircraft in the 30-to-40 seat range in terms of:
- Cruise speed: 345 mph
- Maximum takeoff weight: 26,433 pounds
- Operating costs
More recent models of the Embraer 120 Brasilia have been upgraded with improved Pratt & Whitney PW118A turboprop engines. Each one delivers 1,800 shaft-horsepower. These raise the cruise speed to a peppy 362 mph. For long-range missions, it flies at a more economical 300 mph.
In terms of air charter safety, the Embraer 120 Brasilia sits at the head of the class. This aircraft meets the stringent FAR 25 criteria established by the FAA. This is the same certification process that larger commercial aircraft like the Boeing 747 must adhere to.
Over the course of its 30-year existence, 120 Brasilias have logged a combined five million flight hours and transported more than 60 million passengers worldwide.
To ensure this turboprop continues to meet this high standard for safety and passenger comfort, Embraer continuously tests the EMB-120 for any signs of deficiency.
In addition to the original 120 Brasilia, Embraer created a series of special variants, including:
- EMB120RT (reduced takeoff weight)
- 120ER (extended range)
- EMB120 Cargo Freighter
- EMB120 Combi (passenger and cargo)
For group charter flights of short-to-medium range, it’s difficult to beat the value and performance offered by the Embraer 120 Brasilia. If you have a group of up to 30 travelers and you want to fly in comfort, and on your own schedule, call one of our air charter associates at Stratos Jets. We’ll help you coordinate the flight plan and act as a liaison between you and the charter operator. That way, you can focus on the trip, whether it’s for business or pleasure.