– Embraer and Vibroair Flugservice GmbH & Co. KG signed a contract, today, for two Phenom 300, one Legacy 500, and one Legacy 600 executive jets. The Legacy 600 is scheduled for delivery in 2009, and is already included in Embraer’s second quarter 2008 firm order backlog.
“We are honored to have our jets play a significant role in the expansion of Vibroair’s premium service,” said Colin Steven, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales – Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Executive Jets. “The entire portfolio of Embraer business jets is designed to satisfy the most demanding markets, delivering comfort, performance and high reliability.”
The Legacy 600 will be dedicated to private charter operations in Europe, and will be based at Düsseldorf Airport.
“Vibroair has selected Embraer as its long-term business aircraft partner. Our Legacy 600 will be operated throughout Europe as a VIP aircraft, affording our customers comfortable trips in a very spacious cabin with the ultimate in onboard technology,” said Michael Viehof, CEO of Vibroair. “We will continue to expand our operations with the addition of the comfortable new and innovative Phenom 300 and Legacy 500 jets.”
Vibroair is a private Düsseldorf-based business aviation charter airline with exclusive services for a select clientele – discreet, personal and individual. It offers an optimal transport concept for efficient action, from a lean-management perspective. Fitted to the requirements of modern executive personnel, Vibroair enables its customers to travel quickly and directly between some 1,700 destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Passengers determine the timetable for each flight. Extraordinary comfort at maximum security and optimal reliability goes without question. More information about Vibroair is available at www.vibroair.de/english
About the Phenom 300
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the Phenom 300 best-in-class jet. With the interior designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unknown in its category. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by generous windows and the most ample cabin in its class. Onboard conveniences include a wardrobe and refreshment center, an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet, satellite communications, and a modern entertainment system.
The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the new aircraft will enable single pilot operation. Drawing from Embraer’s design and engineering experience, the Phenom 300 is designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet will offer a standard anti-skid brake-by-wire system, with carbon brakes. Based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the Prodigy® flight deck offers Phenom jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today’s market. The cockpit features three interchangeable 12-inch displays – two Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and one Multi-Function Display (MFD). The system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew alert data and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three high-definition displays.
With a configuration to accommodate up to ten occupants, the Phenom 300 jet has a huge 76- cubic-foot (2.15-cubic-meter) baggage capacity that will conveniently transport passengers’ luggage, golf bags and skis.
Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each, power this jet. Its range with six occupants will be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km or 2,071 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nm alternate). The aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78, and is also designed for short-field takeoffs. These capabilities will permit customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), the Azores, Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) or Moscow (Russia) at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.
Expected to enter service in the second half of 2009, the Phenom 300 was rolled out on April 14, 2008, and took its first flight on April 29. The executive jet currently has a price tag of US$ 6.65 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification. As of November 1, 2008, the Phenom 300 will be priced at US$ 6.85 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions, for FAA certification in the baseline configuration.
About the Legacy 500
The key clean-sheet design drivers of Legacy 500 executive jet are premium comfort, outstanding performance, and low operating costs. While establishing a new paradigm for its segment, the interior of the jet, designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, will provide unsurpassed comfort and style: a six-foot (1.82-meter) stand-up cabin with a flat floor and an externally serviced full-breadth aft lavatory. This revolutionary new jet will have best-in-class cabin space, sound proofing, and baggage compartment volume. The Legacy 500 includes a fully-equipped wet galley.
Rockwell Collins’ state-of-the-art Pro Line FusionTM avionics suite will equip the jet, which will deliver an unmatched level of capabilities in the midsize category, providing extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive user interface. The flight deck has four 15.1-inch high-resolution displays in a “T” configuration, with advanced graphics. Flight deck standard features include such systems as Synthetic Vision, Integrated Flight Information, Advanced Flight Management, and full-flight regimen auto-throttles. Optional Enhanced Vision (EVS) and Head-up Guidance (HGS) systems will be offered.
Honeywell’s latest-generation HTF7500E engines will power the Legacy 500, with 7,000 pounds of thrust. This environment-friendly propulsion system, based on the proven HTF7000 platform, incorporates the most recent technologies to achieve high performance requirements, with improved fuel efficiency, ease of maintainability, low operating costs, and reduced noise and emissions. The jet will be equipped with a full fly-by-wire actuation system for ailerons, elevators, rudder and spoilers, which is unique to its class. The redundant high- speed computers and side-stick control will enable a smoother flight for passengers and offer pilots the advantage of effortless response, greater control, increased cockpit comfort, reduced workload, and flight envelope protection.
The Legacy 500 is being designed for a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km) with four passengers, or 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 km) with eight passengers, including NBAA IFR reserves. These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop coast-to-coast from Miami to Seattle, New York to Los Angeles, or Los Angeles to Honolulu, in the United States, as well as from Gander (Canada) to Paris (France), Paris to Riyadh, Moscow (Russia) to New Delhi (India), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Chicago (USA), with a stop in Caracas (Venezuela).
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 Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) capabilities allow customers to browse the Internet, access e-mails and transfer files. Its 240-cubic-foot (6.8-cubic-meter) baggage compartment 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, enable 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 (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 14 million flight hours on 1,000 aircraft. 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 reliability, the Legacy 600 offers luxurious comfort and delivers high utilization and availability rates.
Priced at US$ 27.45 million, based on January 2010 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification, over 150 Legacy 600 jets currently operate in 24 countries. More information about Embraer Executive Jets is available at www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
Note to Editors
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