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São José dos Campos, December 3, 2010 – Embraer delivered the first Legacy 650 large executive jet in the Middle East to an​ undisclosed customer from Jordan during a ceremony held today at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The aircraft will be managed on behalf of its owner by private jet charter operator Arab Wings, also based in Jordan.

“We are delighted to deliver the first Legacy 650 large executive jet in the Middle East to our friends from Arab Wings,” said Colin Steven, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Europe, Africa and Middle East – Executive Jets. “The aircraft’s Jordanian owner will appreciate the unparalleled comfort of the cabin with its three distinct zones, providing space to both work and relax. The aircraft’s huge baggage compartment is ideal for long-distance flying.”

Arab Wings already operates one super midsize Legacy 600 in its fleet. The large Legacy 650 will enable the charter company to fly clients up to 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 kilometers), nonstop, with four passengers, or 3,840 nautical miles (7,112 kilometers) with eight passengers, surrounded by the same elegant, comfortable and functional interior. This significant increase in range was accomplished through extensive airframe modifications, such as reinforced wings and landing gear, larger fuel capacity, and new highly efficient and more powerful Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engines. Honeywell’s new Primus Elite™ avionics suite equips both the Legacy 650 and future Legacy 600s. Due to their excellent performance under hot and high conditions, where they operate easily up to temperatures of 50°C, both aircraft have been very successful in the Middle East market.

“We are honored to be the first operator in the Middle East region to operate this exciting new aircraft,” said Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh, CEO of Arab Wings. “Following the great success we’ve enjoyed with the Legacy 600 in our fleet, this Legacy 650 is a natural complement, enabling us to offer longer, nonstop flights.”

About Arab Wings

Founded in 1975 in Jordan, Arab Wings is owned by the International Wings Group (​), the Jordan-based group that also owns the Royal Jordanian Air Academy, Queen Noor Civil Aviation Technical College, and Gulf Wings (in the United Arab Emirates). The company operates and manages a fleet of small, midsize, super midsize, and large-cabin executive jets. Arab Wings’ private air transportation portfolio includes charter services, aircraft management, and turnkey solutions.

About Embraer’s Legacy 650

The Legacy 650 is Embraer’s offering in the large jet category. The aircraft combines a stylish and spacious cabin with the range to carry out transatlantic missions: maximum range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 kilometers) with four passengers, and 3,840 nautical miles (7,112 kilometers) with eight passengers – NBAA IFR reserves included. This significant range increase was made possible through extensive modifications, such as reinforced wings and landing gear, a redesigned and fully automated fuel system with larger tank capacity, and new
highly efficient, more powerful Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engines. Important nonstop city pairings include London (UK) to New York (US); Dubai (United Arab Emirates – UAE) to London or Singapore; São Paulo (Brazil) to Miami (US); and Singapore to Sydney (Australia).

The Legacy 650 certification marks the debut of the new Honeywell Primus Elite™ avionics suite, which will also equip the Legacy 600. The highly reliable, light-weight Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) units provide enhanced functions, such as charts and geographical maps with up-linked XM weather overlay. As a follow-on certification, the coupled VNAV (Vertical Navigation) will allow the airplane to follow FMS (Flight Management System) vertical paths, which is particularly beneficial during descents with several altitude and speed constraints, since it reduces crew workload and optimizes fuel consumption.

Similarly, the FANS/CPDLC (Future Air Navigation System – Controller Pilot Datalink Communication) function will provide the aircraft with air-ground data communications so pilots can respond to ATC (Air Traffic Control) messages, request clearances and deviations in the flight plan, report information, and so on, thus avoiding voice frequency congestion and possible language hurdles. With RNP 0.3 (Required Navigation Performance) capability and other functionalities, such as WAAS/LPV (Wide Area Augmentation System/Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance) and the SmartRunwayTM and SmartLandingTM Runway Awareness and Advisory System, the Legacy 650 and Legacy 600 flight decks will conform to the latest technologies for enhanced situational awareness, while ensuring outstanding operational flexibility in congested airspaces, terrain-challenged airports, and adverse weather conditions.

All of this was done while maintaining the same comfortable and functional interior of the Legacy 600, with its three distinct cabin zones and spacious wet galley, as well as the largest in-flight accessible baggage compartment of its class. Both jets also feature new state-of-theart
insulation materials for improved noise comfort and Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband system for high-speed Internet in-flight.

With an increased Maximum Landing Weight (MLW) of 44,902 pounds (20,000 kilograms), the new jet provides additional fuel capacity, thus contributing to enhanced mission efficiency, in terms of cost and time. The higher “full fuel” payload capacity is equivalent, in weight, to nine passengers at 91 kilograms (200 pounds) each. The Legacy 650 also presents other performance improvements, such as an increased maximum operating speed (VMO) below 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) to 300 KIAS (Knots Indicated Air Speed), and an increased maximum flap-extended (45º) speed (VFE) to 160 KIAS, resulting in greater operational advantage for today’s busy airspaces.

Similar to the Legacy 600, the Legacy 650 performs outstandingly in hot and/or high destinations, such as Dubai (UAE), Aspen and Telluride (US), and Toluca (Mexico). La Paz (Bolivia) is also a viable destination for the Legacy 650, thanks to the High Altitude Landing and Takeoff (HALTO) capability for operations out of airports at elevations up to 13,800 feet (4,206 meters). It is also one of the largest executive jets able to fly into and out of the Cannes-Mandelieu (France) and London City (UK) airports.

The Legacy 650 received its certification from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in October 2010.

Note to Editors

Embraer S.A. – (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2010,Embraer had a workforce of 17,009 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 15.3 billion.

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