Embraer's newest bizjets will continue the legacy

 - June 2, 2008, 7:05 AM

Embraer took advantage of the EBACE stage to officially introduce the latest additions to its line of business jets–the Legacy 450 and 500, formerly referred to as the mid-light jet (MLJ) and midsize jet (MSJ), respectively.

In making the introduction and unveiling a cabin mockup of the Legacy 500 at the show, Embraer Executive Jets executive v-p Luis Carlos Affonso noted that when the company was selecting the names, two possibilities seemed obvious: continue the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 line or build on the strength of the reputation of the Legacy 600. In terms of performance and cabin size, “and by nature,” the new airplanes are more akin to the Legacy, he said. The Legacy 500, carrying a promotional price of $18.4 million, is scheduled to enter service in late 2012; the $15.25 million Legacy 450 is slated to enter service a year later. Both twinjets will be powered by Honeywell HTF7500E engines and feature sidestick-operated fly-by-wire flight controls and Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics. Affonso said the company is now holding letters of intent for more than 100 of the two new Legacys.