- Embraer today delivered the 100th Legacy, to ABS Jets, during a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. This marks a significant milestone in Embraer’ s first business jet program, which was launched at the Farnborough Air Show in London, U.K. in 2000.
The 100th Legacy is the third to be delivered to ABS Jets and the fourth to the Czech Republic. “We are especially proud to receive this aircraft,” said Marian Jancarik, Managing Director of ABS Jets. “This is further proof of our confidence in a great product, two of which are already in operation with ABS Jets. The Legacy is the ideal tool for operations in Europe. Out of our Prague base, we can serve all European countries, without exception, and can even fly nonstop to most of the countries in the Middle East. Our customers appreciate the cabin size and high level of comfort of the Legacy.”
Acclaimed as the super mid-size business jet with the largest cabin, the Legacy 600 has been certified by the Brazilian, U.S., European Union, Russian, and Indonesian authorities, including additional approvals to take off and land in the London City and Cannes airports. Since entering service in 2002, the Legacy 600 has been continuously improved, offering a distinctive combination of comfort, performance, and low operating cost.
“We see the delivery of the 100th Legacy as a confirmation of the remarkable acceptance that the jet has enjoyed, building a 13.6% market share in just five years,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice-President, Executive Jets. “This achievement is a testament to Embraer’s commitment to customers by delivering outstanding aircraft with ample space and premium comfort for a unique travel experience.”
The Legacy 600 has been widely accepted by private owners, corporations and governments from 19 countries. Deliveries have greatly increased over the last few years, from 13 in 2004 to 20 in 2005, and up to 27 in 2006. Forecasts for 2007 and 2008 are in the range of 25-30.
Embraer is investing over US$ 100 million to enhance the customer support for its portfolio of executive jets. Three new service centers will be built in the U.S. and another one at Le Bourget airport, in Paris, France. By mid-2008, the Company’s customer support network is expected to consist of seven wholly-owned and 38 authorized service centers in all regions of the world.
About ABS Jets
ABS Jets was founded in 2004 and its registered offices are in Prague, Czech Republic. The airline provides aircraft management, brokerage, and maintenance, plus executive charter services, and is a member of the European Business Aviation Association.
ABS Jets operates all over the world, providing its customers with 24-hour operations, which guarantee immediate reaction to the clients’ needs. ABS Jets places emphasis on safety, undertaking regular training of its experienced crews at reputable centers, in compliance with the latest European standards.
About the Legacy 600
The Legacy 600 is so named as part of Embraer’s branding strategy to broaden its executive jets portfolio. It provides premium comfort and privacy for up to 16 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. High Speed Data (HSD) and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) optional capability allows customers to browse the Internet, access e-mail 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 or 3,740 miles) with eight passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. This range, bolstered by superior passenger and luggage capacity, enables our customers to fly nonstop from New York (U.S.) to London (U.K.), from London to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), or from Moscow (Russia) to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) at lower operating costs than competitive aircraft with a similar cabin size. Additionally, the Legacy 600 is the largest business jet certified to operate into and out of London City Airport, being capable of flying to Moscow and back with eight passengers.
The super mid-size twin-engine business jet is based on the successful ERJ 145 regional jet family platform that has accumulated over ten million flight hours on nearly 1,000 aircraft, and counting. With a platform designed to endure an average of 2,500 hours per year, low operating cost and a track record of over 99 percent dispatch availability, the Legacy 600 offers luxurious comfort and delivers high utilization and high availability. The list price is US$ 24.7 million in January 2007 economic conditions for FAA certification in a baseline configuration.
Also available in Shuttle and Shuttle HC configurations, the Legacy is designed to provide comfort and functionality. The Legacy Shuttle accommodates 16 to 19 passengers in business-class comfort. The Shuttle HC version enhances owner productivity and comfortably seats as many as 37 passengers in a superior airline-quality interior. Prices for the Shuttle versions range from US$ 18.6 million to US$ 19.35 million (January 2007 economic conditions for FAA certification in a baseline configuration).
More information available at www.embraerexecutivejets.com
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 120 seats with 37 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. On December 31, 2006, Embraer had a total workforce of 19,265 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 14.8 billion.
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