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São José dos Campos, April 8, 2004 – Embraer will highlight the evolution of the Legacy business jet at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo on April 15-17.

The Transamérica ExpoCenter Pavilion will be the venue for LABACE’s second edition, expected to attract nearly 100 exhibitors and more than 3,500 attendees, including current and potential operators, manufacturers, regulatory agencies, government authorities and the press, making it Latin America’s most important corporate aviation event. In addition to Embraer’s display at the convention center, the Legacy Executive aircraft will be on static display at Congonhas airport for the duration of the event.

The Legacy Executive entered service in 2002 and improved the standards in the supermidsize category by offering an unprecedented balance of capacity, comfort, performance and economics.

Embraer has continuously invested in enhancing Legacy’s performance and in meeting evolving customer requirements. Some of the most important recent achievements include an increase in aircraft range to 3,250 nm (6,019 km), and its type certification from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Legacy has also been certified by both the Brazilian Centro Técnico Aeroespacial (CTA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operations at airports up to 8,500 feet elevation.

At LABACE, Embraer also will emphasize important improvements to the Legacy’s maintenance program which will allow for a significant reduction of scheduled maintenance stops, thus increasing the aircraft’s availability. Additionally, Embraer expects labor associated with maintenance to decrease by approximately 18 percent, representing important cost savings for the operators.

By the end of 2003, U.S.-based Flight Options took delivery of four Legacy’s from Embraer, introducing the type into its fractional ownership operations. With its robust platform designed for high utilization, the Legacy has demonstrated operating costs as much as 30 percent less than comparable aircraft. As a result, Flight Options’ Legacy’s have been operating up to 130 hours per month since its entry into service.

Legacy deliveries increased almost 63 percent in 2003, despite the market downturn. Embraer forecasts a global demand for 6,525 corporate jets in the next 10 years.


The Legacy is a super mid-size jet based on the successful ERJ 135/145 platform, with over 750 aircraft in operation and nearly five million hours flown. Available in the Executive, Shuttle and Shuttle HC versions, each Legacy is delivered with a complete, customized interior, providing a generous cabin volume, with ample room for work or relaxation.

The Legacy Executive provides first-class comfort for up to 16 passengers in a spacious cabin (1,410 ft3 – 39.9 m3), offering privacy in three distinct seating areas. Features include conference tables for business meetings and meals, hot and cold food galley, fullsize aft lavatory (and optional forward lavatory), wardrobe and storage cabinets, full entertainment system, and satellite telecommunications. The baggage compartment with 240 ft3 (6.8 m3) is the largest in the industry and is easily accessible during flights for greater passenger convenience.

The Legacy Executive cruises at a maximum speed of Mach .80 and offers a range of 3,250 nm (6,019 km) with 8 passengers aboard and NBAA IFR reserves. This range, bolstered by superior payload capabilities, enables customers to fly non-stop from New York to California or New York to London at a fraction of the cost of competing jets.

The Legacy Shuttle offers various configurations, allowing between 16 and 19 passengers to travel in business-class comfort. The Shuttle HC version comfortably accommodates as many as 37 passengers in a superior airline-quality interior. Both Shuttle versions offer convenient in-flight access to an extra-large baggage compartment.

Standard avionics include Honeywell Primus 1000 integrated avionics system. This state-of-the-art flight deck features five 8x7-inch (20.3 cm x 17.8 cm) flat color displays driven by dual integrated computers and includes two PFDs, two MFDs and one EICAS system as standard.

The Executive avionics suite also incorporates Primus II radios, TCAS and EGPWS, plus dual FMS and GPS, dual Laseref IV Inertial Reference System, weather radar with turbulence detection, SatCom and Cat II autopilot/flight director. Most of these systems incorporate diagnostic capabilities, a feature that helps reduce the time required for troubleshooting. In addition, the Legacy also holds RVSM approval.

The Legacy is equipped with dual hydraulic systems and two independent electrical systems. It also features a Hamilton Sundstrand Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) that generates power to energize systems and keep the passenger cabin comfortably cooled or heated when the aircraft is operated at airports with no ground support.

The two ultra-quiet Rolls-Royce AE3007-family high-bypass turbofan engines that power the Legacy are controlled by dual redundant Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) to optimize operation and reduce wear and fuel consumption. They also feature built-in test equipment and a trend monitoring system for easy fault identification and repair.

Note to Editors

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is a major aerospace company with 34 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global airline, defense and corporate markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in Australia, China, France, Singapore and the United States. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of December 31, 2003 Embraer had a total workforce of 12,941 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.6 billion.

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