Embraer prepares first European-owned Legacy 500 for delivery

Embraer is poised to deliver the first European-based Legacy 500, less than six months after its midsize business jet secured certification from the continent’s aviation authority, EASA.

The Brazilian company had delivered five of the Honeywell HTF7500E-powered clean-sheet aircraft by the end of March from its São José dos Campos headquarters.

Embraer will not disclose its current order backlog for the fly-by-wire Legacy 500, but it has set guidance of between 35 and 40 deliveries this year in what it defines as its “large jet” portfolio. This includes the Lineage 1000E, Legacy 600/650 and the Legacy 450 currently in production.

The six-passenger business jet, dubbed a “mid-light” by Embraer, is a shorter version of the eight-passenger Legacy 500 and is on course to enter service in the fourth quarter. Embraer’s entire business jet line-up will be on display from 19 to 21 May at the Geneva-based European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE).

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