– Embraer displays the Legacy aircraft at the static exhibition area of the 2005 European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE). The show is being held May 18-20 in Geneva, Switzerland. Senior Embraer executives, including Vice-President for Corporate Aviation Luís Carlos Affonso, will be on hand during the event.
The Legacy marked Embraer’s introduction in the business aviation market, where it intends to establish itself as a strong player. The Legacy enjoys worldwide market acceptance with 50 units in service in 12 countries.
Since entry into service in 2002, Embraer has endeavored to understand and respond to market and customer needs. The knowledge accrued resulted in significant enhancements to the product and services while creating the right conditions for Embraer to identify new opportunities in the business aviation market.
In early May, Embraer held a press conference in Washington DC to announce it would strengthen its position in the business aviation market with new products and services. The first move to expand the Company’s product portfolio is to complement the Legacy offering with jets for the Very Light and Light categories.
About Embraer’s Business Aircraft
The Legacy is a Super Midsize business jet based on the successful ERJ 135/145 regional jet platform with 900 aircraft delivered, more than 7 million hours flown and a dispatch reliability of over 99 percent.
The Legacy Executive carries up to 16 passengers in a 1,410 cu ft (39.9 m3) first-class cabin and is priced at $22.45 million USD (January 2005 economic conditions). It cruises at a speed of up to Mach .80 and offers a range of 3,250 nm (6,019 Km) with 8 passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. The Legacy Shuttle transports up to 19 passengers in business-class comfort or up to 37 passengers in the Shuttle HC version. The Legacy boasts the largest baggage compartment in the industry with 240 cu ft (6.8 m3) in the Executive and 325 cu ft (9.2 m3) in the Shuttle.
With the most spacious cabin in its class and priced at about a third less than comparable aircraft, the Legacy offers an unprecedented balance between comfort, reliability and performance.
The Very Light and Light Jets
The Very Light Jet will carry up to eight people and be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW617F engine, with 1,615 pounds of thrust. Its range will be 1,160 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with four people onboard and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.7. The airplane is designed for a short takeoff distance and is capable of flying at 41,000 feet.
The Very Light Jet is expected to enter service in mid-2008 and will be priced at $2.75 million in 2005 economic conditions.
The Light Jet will be powered by P&WC’s PW535E engine, with 3,200 pounds of thrust. Comfortably accommodating up to nine people, the Light Jet’s range will be 1,800 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with six people onboard, and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78. The airplane is also designed for a short takeoff distance and is capable of flying at 45,000 feet.
The Light Jet is expected to enter service in mid-2009 and be priced at US$ 6.65 million in 2005 economic conditions.
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 110 seats with 35 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 China, France, Portugal, Singapore and the United States. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of March 31, 2005 Embraer had a total workforce of 16,409 people, including the employees of OGMA in Portugal, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 9.9 billion.
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