EMBRAER DELIVERS THE FIRST LEGACY JET TO U.S. OWNER
Embraer announced today the delivery of a Legacy Executive to John G. Sperling, Ph.D., chairman of the board and founder of the Apollo Group, Inc. Following the type certificate issuance by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last September, this is the first delivery of an Embraer corporate jet to a private owner in the United States.
The aircraft is being delivered through Swift Aviation Group, which also recently gained approval as authorized service center for the Legacy in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Sperling’s Legacy is expected to enter into service immediately from its base in Phoenix, and will be operated by Scottsdale-based Pinnacle Aviation.
“The Legacy is a new way of thinking that strikes an ideal balance between capability and cost, comfort and common sense,” said Samuel Hill, Embraer’s Executive Vice President for the Corporate Aircraft Market. “The Legacy’s combination of size, speed, range and price makes it the business jet of choice for fleet renewal.”
“To go from startup directly to the Legacy is a huge leap of confidence in both Embraer and Swift,” said Dr. Sperling. “After looking for an aircraft for about 6 months, we became convinced that the Legacy was the best value for money. Also, the fact that many airlines in the U.S. and abroad have been flying Embraer aircraft for years reassured us about the Legacy’s reliability and parts availability.”
Apollo Group, Inc. through its subsidiaries, including several universities, institutes and a college, has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs that meet the needs of working adults.
The current order book for the Legacy stands at a total of 165 aircraft with 73 orders and 92 options worldwide. 11 aircraft have already been delivered to customers in Europe, Middle East and Latin America. To support the Legacy operators, Embraer has built upon its existing worldwide customer support network, by forming partnerships with leading business aviation service providers. This combination of global infrastructure and business aviation expertise assures Legacy operators convenient access to technical assistance, training, and service – wherever their business takes them.
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Embraer has 33 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft aimed for the global airline, corporate and (more recently) defense markets.
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