A Brazilian customer accepted delivery of the first Embraer Legacy 500 business jet. "Our teams developed a revolutionary product, which symbolizes our commitment to offer our customers the most innovative solutions in the industry," said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets.
Embraer began construction of a 236,000-square-foot facility in Melbourne, Fla., on Thursday. Workers will assemble Embraer business jets, including the Legacy 500 and Legacy 450, at the new plant. "It's about 2.5 times the size of the existing facility that is there today to support Phenom 100 and 300," said Gary Spulak, president of Embraer Aircraft Holding.
Embraer brought a cabin mock-up from its new Legacy 450 jet to the National Business Aviation Association conference this week. The seven-seater Legacy 450 is expected to be delivered to its first customers in two years.
Ernie Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets, said 2012 could turn out to be "a pivotal year to recover market growth" for business jets. Edwards made the comments at the EAA AirVenture on Wednesday. He also announced that the first flight of the Embraer Legacy 500 jet is expected to take place in September.
Ernest Edwards, vice president of Embraer executive aircraft, said the company plans to eventually add a long-range jet to its portfolio. However, the Brazilian manufacturer is not in a hurry for such an addition to its business aviation product lineup. "Today is probably not the time to launch a new aircraft in that category," Edwards said.