Embraer has announced development of a long-range version of the Legacy 600 super midsize business jet. The Legacy 650 is already flying and is based on the 600 model. A beefed-up airframe and landing gear allow more fuel, and new Rolls Royce AE 3007A2 engines are both more powerful and more efficient. It adds up to a 3,900 nm range with four passengers and a 3,800 nm range with eight passengers. The cabin can hold up to 14 passengers.
A new Primus Elite avionics suite graces the panel, and some creature comfort refinements have been included in the makeover. More sound insulation is being added, and an Inmarsat SwiftBroadband System will keep pax connected. There are two test airplanes already flying, and certification and first deliveries are expected by the middle of 2010.
By Russ Niles