Embraer’s Legacy 500 executive jet mock-up has reached Mumbai, India. The full-size model will be on display at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel, March 15-18. This stop is part of the world tour to promote the Company’s midsize jet, and follows its exhibition at the Singapore Airshow, last month.
“The Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 aircraft are bringing new standards to the midlight and midsize executive jet categories,” said José Eduardo Costas, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Asia Pacific – Executive Jets. “With an exclusive flat-floor stand-up cabin, comfortable interior designed in partnership with BMW DesignworksUSA, and state-of-the-art technology, including a full fly-by-wire flight control system, these jets are designed to be a reliable and convenient business tool for customers.”
The Company continues working in the Indian market, not only promoting its products, in general, but especially focusing on putting a comprehensive support network in place to guarantee the high reliability of its aircraft throughout the region.
After having its Legacy 600 certified and operating in the skies of India for the last five years, the Phenom 100 gained approval, in December 2009, from India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Embraer has 14 jets operating in India in the commercial, executive and defense aviation segments. Furthermore, the Company has about 30 firm orders for the Phenom jets in the country, with the first delivery of the Phenom 100 scheduled for this year.
The midsize Legacy 500 and midlight Legacy 450 design concepts were presented on September 24, 2007 during a press conference at the 60th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting & Convention, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The development programs were formally approved by Embraer’s Board six months later, and they were commercially launched during a ceremony at the European Business Aircraft Conference and Exhibition (EBACE), May 20-22, 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. Development work on the Legacy 500 is ongoing at Embraer and supplier facilities, and the first flight is on schedule to occur in the second half of 2011.
About the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets
The midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 set new paradigms in their respective executive jet categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and offer unequaled comfort and style. These aircraft will have the largest cabin and the best acoustical insulation in their classes. A flat-floor stand-up (1.82-meter, or 6-foot) cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, complementing their superior performance and low operating costs.
The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion™ avionics system will provide extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. Honeywell’s HTF7500E state-of-the-art engines incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance requirements with improved efficiency, in terms of fuel consumption, facilitated maintenance, low operating costs, and reduced noise and pollution emissions, thus lessening their environmental impact. The jets will be the fastest in their categories and the only ones equipped with cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The midlight Legacy 450 is designed to carry up to nine passengers. Its range will be 2,300 nautical miles (4,260 km) with four passengers, or 2,200 nautical miles (4,070 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet will be able to fly nonstop from London to Moscow (Russia) or Rabat (Morocco); from Delhi (India) to Dubai or Hong Kong; or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).
The midsize Legacy 500 will carry up to nine passengers. It is designed for a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km) with four passengers, or 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves. These characteristics will allow customers to fly from New York to Los Angeles, in the U.S.; or from Moscow (Russia) to Mumbai (India).
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On December 31, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com) had a workforce of 16,853 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 billion.
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