– Embraer and Nigeria’s DanaJets, a charter division of Dana Airlines, have signed a contract for one Legacy 600 executive jet. The aircraft, in a 13-seat configuration, is scheduled for delivery in late 2009. The value of the deal, at list price, is US$ 26.93 million, based on January 2009 economic conditions. This order is already included in Embraer’s second quarter 2008 firm order backlog.
This is the second order by the Nigerian company that announced a deal for three other Embraer executive jets – two Phenom 100s and one Phenom 300 – in November 2007, during the Dubai Airshow. The delivery of the Phenom jets is expected to begin in 2011.
“We are honored by the fact that, once again, DanaJets has chosen an Embraer product to expand its fleet of executive jets,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “The choice of the Legacy 600 will allow the company to provide passengers with unequalled comfort and internal space in this category, with the flexibility and reliability of a proven aircraft.”
Dana Airlines is a subsidiary of the Dana Group, a long-established conglomerate with 30 years of involvement in various sectors of the Nigerian marketplace. The airline is headed by its Chairman Ramesh Hathiramani, and will begin its operations in 2008, offering VIP charter flights.
About Dana Airlines Limited
Dana Airlines will strive to offer world-class aviation services to the Nigerian public by being the country’s newest world carrier, which takes off in 2008. The company is a subsidiary of the Dana Group, in operation since 1981, and with 27-year-old conglomerate based in Nigeria, involved in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, plastics, automobiles, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), industrial chemicals, electronics, steel, and others.
Dana Airlines already operates three aircraft, and expects to increase its fleet to 12 planes in the coming years. The airline is poised to carve a niche for itself in the Nigerian aviation industry.
Committed to improving the well-being of customers in all of its product offerings, the company makes every effort to bring to Nigerians an aviation service that combines the best elements of legacy carriers – world-class safety and high-quality onboard services – coupled with latest technology and operational efficiency of a new generation of air carriers. For more information, visit www.flyDanaAir.com
About the Legacy 600
The Legacy 600 jet provides premium comfort and privacy for up to 14 passengers in three distinct seating areas. Interior standard features include first-class leather seats, a plush divan, an elegant credenza, and spacious tables for dining or meetings. The aircraft also has a full- size galley for hot and cold meals, a full-width aft lavatory, wardrobe and storage cabinet, and an entertainment system with DVD players and satellite telecommunications. Optional High Speed Data (HSD) and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) capabilities allow customers to browse the Internet, access e-mails and transfer files. The 240-cubic-foot (6.8-cubic-meter) baggage compartment of the Legacy 600 is one of the largest in the industry and is easily accessible during flight, for greater passenger convenience.
The aircraft cruises at a speed of up to Mach 0.80 and has a range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) with eight passengers and NBAA IFR reserves, or 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 km) with four passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. These ranges, bolstered by superior passenger and luggage capacity, enables customers to fly nonstop from New York (U.S.) to London (U.K.); from London or Geneva (Switzerland) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates); from Singapore to Beijing (China) or to Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea); and from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Melbourne (Australia) at lower operating costs than competitive aircraft with a similar cabin size. Additionally, the Legacy 600 is the only super midsize jet certified to operate into and out of the London City and Cannes- Mandelieu airports.
The twin-engine business jet is based on the successful ERJ 145 regional jet family platform that has accumulated over 13 million flight hours on 1,000 aircraft. Designed to operate an average of 2,500 hours per year, low operating cost, and with a track record of over 99 percent dispatch reliability, the Legacy 600 offers luxurious comfort and delivers high utilization and high availability.
Priced at US$ 26.93 million, based on January 2009 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration for FAA certification, more than 140 Legacy jets currently operate in 23 countries. For information about Embraer Executive Jets, see www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
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