EMPIRE AVIATION GROUP SIGNS MANAGEMENT CONTRACT FOR ONE LEGACY 650 BUSINESS JET
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, October 9, 2011 – Embraer and Empire Aviation Group announced, today, a contract for the operation and management of one large Legacy 650 executive jet. The deal was revealed during a press conference at the 64th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. The aircraft will join a fleet of five super midsize Legacy 600 jets already operated by Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group. The delivery is scheduled by year-end.
“Empire Aviation Group continues to expand the Legacy fleet it has under management and operation, marking a clear endorsement of our new long-range, large-cabin Legacy 650,” said Colin Steven, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa – Embraer Executive Jets. “Less than one year after it first entered service, the Legacy 650 continues to receive strong market acceptance, and it is a gratifying achievement for Embraer to see the first Legacy 650 delivered to the UAE market and joining Empire Aviation Group’s large managed fleet.”
Launched at NBAA in 2009, the large Legacy 650 is an extended-range derivative of the successful super midsize Legacy 600, nearly 200 of which have been delivered to customers worldwide. It can fly up to 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 kilometers) nonstop with four passengers, or 3,840 nautical miles (7,112 kilometers) with eight passengers. It will enable Empire Aviation Group to fly up to 14 passengers, nonstop, connecting Dubai to major business destinations, including London (UK), Singapore, and Johannesburg (South Africa) in a comfortable, functional and elegant interior with three distinct cabin zones, as well as the largest in-flight accessible baggage compartment of its category. The Legacy 650 extended-range aircraft is one of the largest executive jets permitted to operate in restricted airports, such as London City (LCY).
“The addition of the new Legacy 650 to our managed fleet will enable us to enhance services for our customers, expanding our long-haul fleet, while maintaining the same cabin comfort of our existing Legacy 600 fleet,” said Paras Dhamecha, Executive Director of Empire Aviation Group, which operates one of the region’s largest managed fleets of business jets. “Being the first to offer this new aircraft in the UAE is very exciting for us, as the demand for our private aviation services increases in the region.”
About Empire Aviation Group
Empire Aviation Group (EAG) is a one-stop shop for integrated private aviation services, offering aircraft sales, management, charter, finance and insurance. Since formation in 2007, the company has successfully weathered a global recession within the industry and still grown revenues and profit substantially every year. Today, it has more than 100 staff and operates one of the region’s largest managed fleets of business jets, with more than 20 aircraft operating out of Dubai International Airport. EAG focuses on a distinctive asset management approach to private aviation and has assembled a highly experienced team of aviation specialists, led by an experienced owner/management team. For more information, visit www.empire.aero.com.
About the Legacy 650 executive jet
The large-cabin Legacy 650 carries 13 passengers (standard configuration). The quiet and refined cabin features a high-end interior, with leather seats, divan, credenza, and tables for meals or meetings. There is also a spacious galley for preparing hot and cold meals, an ample aft lavatory, wardrobes, cabinets, and an entertainment system with DVD and satellite communication. Optional High-Speed Data (HSD) SwiftBroadband equipment and Wi-Fi technology enable customers to browse the Internet, access e-mails, and transfer files during flight, providing better use of time, increased work productivity and more entertainment possibilities. The aircraft has a large baggage compartment that is easily accessed during flight, and has a total capacity of 240 cubic feet (6,800 liters).
Powered by two highly efficient Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engines, the jet has a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.80. Its range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 kilometers) with four passengers, or 3,800 nautical miles (7,038 kilometers) with eight passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means that the aircraft can fly nonstop from London (UK) to New York (U.S.); Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to London or Singapore; Miami (U.S.) to São Paulo (Brazil); Singapore to Sydney (Australia); or Mumbai (India) to Central Europe.
The Legacy 650 also features Honeywell Primus Elite™ avionics. The flight deck incorporates an upgraded graphical user interface, enabling smarter and faster decisions while reducing pilot workload. Highly reliable liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors add graphics capabilities not possible with cathode ray tubes (CRT). Coupled Vertical Navigation (VNAV); Required Navigation Performance (RNP) 0.3; Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A Controller-to-Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC); charts and maps; satellite weather; Wide Area Augmentation System – Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance Approaches (WAAS/LPV); SmartRunway™ and SmartLanding™; and Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) are some of the new features available. Primus Elite™ also permits the inclusion of Honeywell’s award-winning SmartView™ Synthetic Vision System (SVS).
The list price of the Legacy 650 under 2011 economic conditions is USD 30.24 million. For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, visit www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com.
Note to Editors
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