Lineage 1000 drops into Teterboro

 - November 24, 2009, 3:51 AM

Embraer took the Lineage 1000 into Teterboro Airport, N.J., last month to show it’s the largest business airplane the size-restricted airport can accept. Operators of other aircraft might be able to adjust one parameter to squeeze in legally by keeping their weight below 100,000 pounds, but they’re stuck with the wingspan limit, which is set by taxiway clearances and excludes any aircraft with a span exceeding 100 feet. The Lineage spans 94 feet 3 inches, and with its takeoff weight suppressed to 100,000 pounds (20,150 short of maximum) it can still carry eight passengers nonstop at Mach 0.78 from Teterboro to Los Angeles; Seattle; Reykjavik, Iceland; or the Azores.

Other airports open to the Lineage but not the BBJ or ACJ include London City and Aspen (although the ACJ’s smaller sibling, the A318 Elite, is approved for LCY). From Aspen the Lineage (spanning just nine inches short of that airport’s 95-foot limit) can carry eight passengers at Mach 0.78 to Kingston, Jamaica; Bermuda; Halifax, N.S.; or Juneau, Alaska. From London City it can carry eight passengers at Mach 0.78 to Cairo, Egypt; Narsarsuaq, Greenland; or Las Palmas, Canary Islands. (For more widely spaced city pairs possible with a greater takeoff weight and fuel load, see AIN’s pilot report on the aircraft.)

Parked at Jet Aviation TEB, the E190-based bizliner showed impressive ramp presence. Its huge cabin, intercontinental range and price of less than $50 million completed make it a compelling contender and another solid advance in Embraer’s campaign to be a major player in business aviation.     –