Melbourne, Florida, September 27, 2017 – Embraer delivered today the first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its Melbourne plant to an undisclosed U.S. customer. The expanded facility comprises two assembly lines that now produce four clean-sheet business jet models: the entry-level Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 light jet as well as the mid-light Legacy 450 and the midsize Legacy 500. Since commencing operations in Melbourne, in 2011, the Company’s footprint has more than doubled to almost 500,000 square feet.
“We are very pleased to deliver the first Legacy 500 made in Melbourne, fulfilling our vision of expanding production to assemble four world-class business jets on Florida’s Space Coast,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “I want to congratulate our teams on their passion for excellence and their commitment to deliver true value to customers. The Legacy 500 is beautifully designed and brilliantly engineered and it is attracting a strong interest with corporate flight departments and fleet operators, in addition to individual owners.”
The expansion of the Melbourne assembly facility was inaugurated in June 2016 and the first Legacy 450 aircraft produced was delivered in December of that same year. Since the delivery of the first Phenom 100 made in Melbourne, in December 2011, over 250 aircraft have been delivered across the U.S. and to over a dozen countries, as close as Mexico and Canada, and as far as China and Australia.
About the Legacy 500
The Legacy 500 has the best-in-class six-foot flat-floor cabin, which is comparable to those of some aircraft in the super midsize category. Eight club seats may be berthed into four beds for complete rest in a cabin altitude of no more than 6,000 feet. The in-flight entertainment system consists of a high definition video system, surround sound, multiple audio and video input options, a cabin management system, and three options for voice communications and connectivity.
The Legacy 500 is the first midsize business jet with digital flight controls, based on Fly-By-Wire technology, featuring side sticks. The state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite on four 15-inch high resolution LCD displays allows graphical flight planning, and has options like paperless operations capability, auto brakes, and the E2VS (Embraer Enhanced Vision System), which includes a Head Up Display (HUD) with the Enhanced Vision System (EVS).
The Legacy 500 is capable of flying at 45,000 feet and is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines, the greenest in their class. Taking off from airfields as short as 4,084 ft, the Legacy 500 has a range of 3,125 nautical miles (5,788 kilometers) with four passengers, including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, which enables it to fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Honolulu, or Teterboro to London.
About Embraer Executive Jets
Embraer is one of the world’s leading executive jet manufacturers, having entered the business aviation market in 2000 with the Legacy jet, which led to the launch of Embraer Executive Jets in 2005. Its portfolio, the broadest in the market, consists of the entry-level Phenom 100 and the light Phenom 300 jet, the midsize Legacy 500 and mid-light Legacy 450, the large Legacy 650E, and the ultra-large Lineage 1000E. Embraer Executive Jets’ global fleet exceeds 1,100 aircraft, which are in operation in more than 70 countries and are supported by the Company’s global Customer Support and Services network of over 70 owned and authorized service centers, complemented by a 24/7 Contact Center, at its headquarters, in Brazil.
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Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services.
Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.