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Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) 2008 exhibition


São José dos Campos, November 16, 2008 – Embraer signed a contract with Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to sell two Legacy 500 jets. The total value of the deal, at list price, comes to US$ 36.8 million, based on January 2008 economic conditions, and first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014. This order is already included in Embraer’s third-quarter backlog. Embraer also named F AS as a Company’ s authorized service center, dedicated to support its executive jet customers in the Middle East.

We are honored by Falcon Aviation Services’ additional order of two Legacy 500s, and we are very pleased that our executive jets were selected for their business expansion,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “In our endeavor to expand our service center network to the region, we looked for expertise and reputation to pass on to our customers. In Falcon Aviation Services, which is also an Embraer aircraft operator, we have the ideal partner to provide high-quality maintenance services to our Phenom, Legacy and Lineage jet customers.”

The first agreement between Embraer and FAS was announced just one year ago, during the 2007 Dubai Air Show. The company received its first Legacy 600 last August, and now increases its Embraer fleet order to 11 executive jets: four Phenom 300s, two Legacy 500s, three Legacy 600s, and two Lineage 1000s.

FAS continues to expand and adapt its fleet and services to meet the dynamic needs of the Middle East market,” said Captain Salem Al-Kayoumi, Chairman of Falcon Aviation Services. “We are very proud to be chosen as an Embraer Authorized Service Center for the region, and we are committed to delivering the highest level of aviation services, establishing benchmark standards in terms of safety, quality and customer service.

About Falcon Aviation Services

Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) was founded in early 2006 under the initiative of HH. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, filling a serious gap in the aviation services market in Abu Dhabi and the Middle East. FAS provides helicopter and corporate jet services, in addition to aircraft maintenance and management. Based at Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi, 10 km from the city center, FAS is ideally located for operators and passengers, alike. The company is embarking on an aggressive growth strategy in the helicopter and corporate jet charter market, in response to the unprecedented development boom in the region. For more information, visit

About the Legacy 500 jet

The key clean-sheet design drivers of the Legacy 500 executive jet are premium comfort, outstanding performance, and low operating costs. While establishing a new paradigm for the midsize segment, the interior of the jet, designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, will provide unsurpassed comfort and style: a 6-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, soundproofing, and baggage compartment volume.

Rockwell Collins’ state-of-the-art Pro Line FusionTM avionics suite equips 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 Systems (HGS) will be offered.

Honeywell’s latest-generation HTF7500E engines will power the Legacy 500, with 6,000- 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 provide 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 (Saudi Arabia), Moscow (Russia) to New Delhi (India), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Chicago (USA) with a stop in Caracas (Venezuela). The aircraft will have the cruising speed of Mach 0.82, the highest in its class and will also provide a reduced time to climb to high altitudes, as well as excellent field performance.

Priced at US$ 18.4 million, based on 2008 economic conditions, the Legacy 500 is expected to enter service in the second half of 2012. See more about Embraer Executive Jets at​.

Note to Editors

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