Embraer sells two Legacy 600's in Middle East

Travel News Asia Monday, 8 May 2006

Embraer has sold two more Legacy 600 aircraft in the Middle East, bringing the total to seven executive jets now operating in the region.

In Beirut, Lebanon, Mr. Adnan Kassar, Chairman & CEO of Fransabank SAL and Chairman of the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, has acquired a Legacy 600. The aircraft is due for delivery in the third quarter 2006.

The Legacy 600

As our business expands, the need for an efficient, safe, reliable and economical form of transportation becomes vitally important, said Mr. Kassar. The choice of aircraft for our corporate travel was made very carefully. We chose the Legacy 600 because it has the right mix of range, economy and reliability, with a very comfortable and spacious cabin.

The second Legacy 600 jet was selected by Celtel International, a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of the mobile phone service provider MTC, based in Kuwait. Delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter 2006.

Embraer has placed a total of seven Legacy 600 jets in the Middle East, with one in operation in Saudi Arabia, two in the United Arab Emirates and two in Kuwait. Currently, there are 71 Legacy 600 jets operating in 17 countries.

Connecting the Middle East to Asia, Western Europe and South Africa, the Legacy 600 operates even at airports with 122F (50C) temperatures. Whether the journey is from Cairo to London or to Bombay, from Jeddah to Antananarivo, from Bahrain to Kinshasa or even to Bangkok, the aircraft is designed for high utilization in the most demanding operational conditions.

The Legacy 600 provides premium comfort and privacy for up to 16 passengers in three distinct seating areas. Interior standard features include first-class leather seats, a plush divan, an elegant credenza, and spacious tables for dining or meetings. The aircraft also has a full-size galley for hot and cold meals, a full-breadth aft lavatory, wardrobe and storage cabinet, and an entertainment system with DVD players and satellite telecommunications. High Speed Data (HSD) and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) capability allows customers to browse the Internet, access e-mail and transfer files.

The Legacy 600 baggage compartment with 240 cubic feet (6.8 cubic meters) is one of the largest in the industry and is easily accessible during flights for greater passenger convenience. The Legacy 600 cruises at a speed of up to Mach 0.80 and offers a range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) with eight passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. This range, bolstered by superior passenger and luggage capacity, enables customers to fly nonstop from New York to London, London or Geneva to Dubai, Singapore to Beijing, Jakarta to Melbourne, and Singapore to Beijing or to Port Moresby at lower operating costs than competitive aircraft with a similar cabin size. Additionally, the Legacy 600 is the largest business jet certified to operate into and out of London City Airport, being capable of flying from London City to Moscow and back with eight passengers.

Designed to endure an average of 2,500 hours per year, the Legacy 600 offers low operating cost and a track record of over 99% dispatch availability. The midsize twin-engine business jet is based on the successful ERJ 145 regional jet family platform that accumulates over nine million flight hours on more than 900 aircraft, and counting.

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