MEBA attendees have two Embraer Legacy 650s to view here in Dubai. Business Air International (BAI) of Dallas, Texas, is displaying the first certified Embraer Legacy 650 to be shown at MEBA. This recently delivered jet (G-RBNS) happens to be for sale and "ready for instant delivery." Meanwhile, Embraer is also showing its 650 factory demonstrator. The Brazilian airplane manufacturer announced EASA certification of the Legacy 650 less than two months ago during October's National Business Aviation Association Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
BAI, a dealer of private jets, is offering G-RBNS, on behalf of an unnamed UK owner, whose business transportation requirements have reportedly changed since it placed the order for the airplane several years ago. According to BAI, the owner already operates a Legacy 600 and is keeping it, while selling its 650.
"The 650's arrival has been hotly anticipated by a number of people. So much so, in fact, that it flew here on a charter via Russia," said BAI's Oliver Stone. "The airplane's added range and additional load factors have been items that many charter customers have looked forward to since its announcement."
Indeed, the principal benefit of the Legacy 650 over the Legacy 600 is its range of up to 3,900 nm, making Dubai-to-London trips with up to seven passengers routinely achievable. In fact, Embraer (Stand A15 and Static) recently concluded a flight test with the 650 factory demonstrator to verify this claim. In early November, the demonstrator flew nonstop flight from Dubai to Farnborough Airport in the UK, covering a distance of 3,500 nm (6,482 kilometers) in eight hours. The flight carried seven passengers and three flight crewmembers.