Flying on the Embraer Lineage 1000E Executive Jet

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It is not every day that one has the privilege of flying on one of the largest and most advanced executive jets that are out there in the market.

On this occasion, Embraer was ferrying a Legacy 1000E from Brazil to Geneva, via Le Bourget, in order to display it at the EBACE private jet show, and they were kind enough to invite a bunch of us to get onboard and experience it.

Starting point: Le Bourget

 An out-of-service A380 in static display at Le Bourget, quite a contrast with the much smaller jets that frequent this airport

An out-of-service A380 in static display at Le Bourget, quite a contrast with the much smaller jets that frequent this airport

Meeting point was, thus, Le Bourget, a place I had visited before for the Paris Air Show.

This time, Paris' executive airport looked rather calm and quite, nothing like during the show.  Thus, no flying displays this time, but we did enjoy some amazing cloud displays, though!

 Paris, in the distance

Paris, in the distance

The wake up call was rather early, 6am, but well worth it!

The hotel was right to the executive aviation terminal, so it was a matter of minutes from bed to cabin!

 This is how the executive terminal looks like

This is how the executive terminal looks like

 Our jet makes its appearance...on the left side of the screen for now!

Our jet makes its appearance...on the left side of the screen for now!

After a quick pass through the executive terminal, we met the beautiful Lineage 1000E that would take us to Geneva, a flight about an hour long.

 And here it is...beautiful aircraft!

And here it is...beautiful aircraft!

The Aircraft

From the outside, the Embraer Lineage 1000E may look familiar to many frequent flyers, and this is because, in fact, is the executive version of the popular E-190 airliner, used by many airlines around the World, the likes of British Airways, Finnair, Alitalia...

The two main differences between the Lineage 1000E and its commercial counterpart: larger fuel tanks and, of course, the cabin interior.

 When taking a closer look it appears that the aircraft's livery is actually made of many repetitions of the Embraer logo, creating a pattern

When taking a closer look it appears that the aircraft's livery is actually made of many repetitions of the Embraer logo, creating a pattern

 The Lineage 1000E is an executive derivative of the popular E190 airliner

The Lineage 1000E is an executive derivative of the popular E190 airliner

 Spot the two space rockets in the background! they are part of Le Bourget's air and space museum

Spot the two space rockets in the background! they are part of Le Bourget's air and space museum

 Boarding for the Lineage 1000E experience

Boarding for the Lineage 1000E experience

 Ready for take off at Le Bourget

Ready for take off at Le Bourget

 A brief visit to the Lineage cockpit

A brief visit to the Lineage cockpit

 On our way to Geneva, we had the chance to admire the city of Paris and the straight-line boulevards that Baron Haussmann traced back in the 19th Century. The weather was perfect for some aerial sightseeing!

On our way to Geneva, we had the chance to admire the city of Paris and the straight-line boulevards that Baron Haussmann traced back in the 19th Century. The weather was perfect for some aerial sightseeing!

One of the strong selling points (in its category) of the Embraer Lineage 1000E is its wide, spacious cabin, don't forget that, after all, this is the same cabin that fits around 100 people in its airliner version!

Embraer's approach here is that the Lineage 1000E can provide you levels of comfort similar to those of a larger VIP airliner such as the Airbus ACJ or Boeing BBJ but at a lower price point, while giving you a more spacious cabin than a Gulfstream G650 or a Bombardier Global.

True, at 4,500nm, it may lack the ultra-long range of the latter, but Embraer asserts that the Lineage has enough range to cover the most transited executive aviation routes in the World. The extra space and comfort may be more than enough to compensate for the occasional refueling stop, when needed. "Many executive jet users also enjoy stopping en route for shopping, business meetings or staying at a nice hotel, so we see range as being adequate for most of the user case scenarios" highlights an Embraer representative onboard the flight.

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 Although these are of the conventional sort, windows play a major role in some of Embraer's most outlandish cabin interior concepts for the Lineage 1000E

Although these are of the conventional sort, windows play a major role in some of Embraer's most outlandish cabin interior concepts for the Lineage 1000E

 The flight tracking map. You could watch it from the sofa

The flight tracking map. You could watch it from the sofa

 There is also a sofa towards the middle of the cabin

There is also a sofa towards the middle of the cabin

 One of the desks for group meetings aboard the Lineage

One of the desks for group meetings aboard the Lineage

 A closer look at the seats

A closer look at the seats

 The bedroom

The bedroom

 The bathroom

The bathroom

In the following video you can enjoy a walk through the Lineage 1000E while in flight:

Revolutionary Cabin Design Concepts

One of the most interesting aspects of the Lineage 1000E is how Embraer's design team is coming up with really, really unique, artsy, cabin interior concepts.

 Here, Jay Beever, Embraer's head of design shows a sketch of the "Kyoto" cabin concept, a Japan-themed truly original cabin concept with oversized windows and Japanese tatamis

Here, Jay Beever, Embraer's head of design shows a sketch of the "Kyoto" cabin concept, a Japan-themed truly original cabin concept with oversized windows and Japanese tatamis

While most executive jets have a rather posh, but dull, corporate-looking type of interior, with a dominance of pale and creamy tones throughout, think again!

Embraer's design team is turning out some jaw-dropping creative concept designs for the Lineage's interior, with "themed-cabins" aiming at specific potential customer profiles.

There is a "Kyoto" concept with Japanese-style minimalist design and lateral oversized panoramic windows.

 Embraer's Kyoto cabin interior: notice the large panoramic windows on the side letting in plenty of natural light. Picture: Embraer

Embraer's Kyoto cabin interior: notice the large panoramic windows on the side letting in plenty of natural light. Picture: Embraer

There is also a "Skyranch" concept for Western-US oil billionaires and the "Skyacht", "Manhattan" and "Hollywood" ones that take inspiration from the Art-Déco years in the early decades of the 20th Century...

 The Skyacht interior takes inspiration from a 1930s yacht

The Skyacht interior takes inspiration from a 1930s yacht

The result is the sort of "Wow!" effect that leaves no one indifferent. And, as Embraer hopes, the sort of "must-have" uniqueness that may appeal to billionaires that have already pretty much everything else money can buy.

 Welcome to Art-Déco 1920s Mahattan - an executive jet cabin concept likely to attract celebrities, artists and urbanites alike

Welcome to Art-Déco 1920s Mahattan - an executive jet cabin concept likely to attract celebrities, artists and urbanites alike

 A detail of Embraer's Lineage Mahattan cabin interior - notice the large windows blending with the art-déco style of the cabin design

A detail of Embraer's Lineage Mahattan cabin interior - notice the large windows blending with the art-déco style of the cabin design

But what best than have Embraer's chief executive jet interior designer explain in first person, this creative approach to cabin interior design:

On my piece on AirInsight you can find some additional details about Embraer's original executive jet cabin concepts.

 The Montblanc is right ahead of us as we set a straight course for Geneva

The Montblanc is right ahead of us as we set a straight course for Geneva

But, switching back to the Lineage 1000E experience, the flight was smooth as silk...there is little more to add here!

Landed on time in Geneva after a short but productive flight that gave us a glimpse of what art and creativity can bring about when applied to the field of executive aviation!

 Arrivals hall at Geneva's executive aviation terminal

Arrivals hall at Geneva's executive aviation terminal