Embraer recorded a 35% fall in business jet shipments for the first quarter of 2017, reflecting a prolonged and persistent weakness across the global business aviation sector.

For the three months ended 31 March, the Brazilian airframer shipped 15 aircraft. These consisted of 11 light jets – eight Phenom 300s and three Phenom 100s – and four large jets: one each of the Legacy 450, 500, 650 and flagship Lineage 1000E.

This performance compared with 12 light jets and 11 large jets delivered during the first quarter of 2016. That total included 11 Phenom 300s and one Phenom 100, plus five Legacy 450s and six Legacy 650s.

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The first quarter of 2017 marked the handover of the first Phenom 100EV – the third and latest evolution of the entry-level type that was launched by Embraer 12 years ago as its first clean-sheet business jet. Flight Fleets Analyzer records a global fleet of more than 350 of the type to date.

The $ 4.5 million EV, which was unveiled last year, features a Garmin G3000 touchscreen flightdeck and higher-thrust Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E turbofan engines.