– Embraer delivered the 1,100th aircraft of the ERJ 145 jet family, last week, in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The airplane is a Legacy 600 executive jet, a model which has reached over 160 deliveries to 25 countries, since entering service in 2002.
Based on the bestselling platform of the ERJ 145 regional jet, with nearly 900 jets delivered to airlines, worldwide, since 1996, the Legacy 600 has become increasingly popular with private owners, charter operators, corporations, and governments. The Legacy 600 shares important qualities with the regional jet platform, including low fuel consumption, reduced operating costs, ease of maintenance, and outstanding reliability. It is customized for the needs of the executive aviation market, with a range of 3,400 nautical miles, or 6,297 km, top- quality interior finishing, three distinct cabin zones, excellent comfort, and global assistance at dedicated executive jet service centers.
“This moment is especially gratifying, in that the 1,100th ERJ 145 family aircraft is a Legacy 600, which has experienced strong acceptance in the executive aviation market,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President and CEO. “We congratulate the thousands of Embraer employees who have contributed to the success of the ERJ 145 program.”
The aircraft will be managed on behalf of its owner by London Executive A viation (LEA), one of Europe’s leading business air charter operators. A ward-winning LEA operates a diverse fleet of 25 executive aircraft from seven bases in the United Kingdom. The company has extensive experience in operating the Legacy 600, and the new aircraft will join two others presently in the LEA fleet.
According to Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, Chief Executive of LEA, “our experience with the Legacy 600 has been extremely positive. The aircraft is very well suited to the European market, and Embraer has delivered consistently excellent dispatch reliability and service. We have no doubt that this new airplane will perform very well for its owner, our charter customers, and ourselves as the operator.”
The ERJ 145 jet is the first member of a diversified aircraft family, which includes derivatives designed for the regional (ERJ 135 and ERJ 140), executive (Legacy 600), and defense (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance – ISR) markets. Since entering service in 1996, the ERJ 145 family has accumulated over 14 million flight hours.
About the Legacy 600 executive jet
The super midsize Legacy 600 carries 13 passengers (standard configuration) in comfort and privacy in three distinct cabin zones. The refined interior offers leather seats, sofa, credenza, and tables for meals or meetings. The airplane also has a spacious galley for preparing hot and cold meals, an ample aft lavatory, wardrobes, cabinets, and an entertainment system with DVD and satellite communication. Optional High-Speed Data (HSD) equipment and Wi-Fi technology enable customers to browse the Internet, access e-mail, and transfer files during trips, providing a better use of time, increased work productivity, and more entertainment possibilities.
The aircraft has a large baggage compartment, which is easily accessed during flight, and has a total capacity of 286 cubic feet (8,100 liters). The jet has a cruising speed of Mach 0.80. Its range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) with eight passengers, or 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means that the jet can fly nonstop from Munich (Germany), London or Geneva (Switzerland) to Dubai; from Berlin (Germany) to Praia (Cape Verde); from Frankfurt (Germany) to Karachi (Pakistan); from Hamburg (Germany) to Delhi; from Los Angeles (U.S.) to Honolulu (Hawaii); from Delhi (India) or Singapore to Tokyo (Japan); or from Shanghai (China) to Delhi.
The airplane is the only super midsize jet certified to fly into and out of the U.K.’s London City and France’s Cannes-Mandelieu airports, and is priced at US$ 26.93 million, based on January 2009 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration for FAA certification. More than 160 Legacy jets currently operate in 25 countries, with high rates of dispatch reliability and low operating costs.
About the ERJ 145 family
The ERJ 145 family was designed from the outset with the regional airline market in mind. It was not adapted from a design for another market but as an optimized family of regional jets – from top to bottom. The benefits of this optimized design are clear. In addition to broad commonality, the ERJ 145 family delivers high structural design efficiency, simplified maintenance, low direct operating costs, outstanding dispatch reliability and schedule completion rates, as well as a long and dependable service life in the demanding regional airline environment.
The aircraft of this family are well suited for high frequency use, operating up to 3,000 hours per year. Its unique design offers airlines 95% commonality of the aircraft’s parts and systems and the same crew type rating. This high level of commonality permits the use of the same ground support equipment and allows for standardized training and maintenance procedures, which translate to lower costs, reduced spare parts inventories, more efficient logistics, and higher profitability.
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: 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, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. 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 March 31, 2009, Embraer had a workforce of 17,375 employees – not counting the employees of its subsidiaries OGMA and HEAI – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 19.7 billion.
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