Empire Aviation Group signs management contract for one Legacy 650 business jet

United Arab Emirates will be the newest home for the large three-cabin Legacy 650 .

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, October 2011 – Embraer and Empire Aviation Group announced, on October 9, a contract for the operation and management of one large Legacy 650 executive jet. The deal was revealed during a press conference at the 64th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. The aircraft will join a fleet of five super midsize Legacy 600 jets already operated by Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group. The delivery is scheduled by year-end.

“Empire Aviation Group continues to expand the Legacy fleet it has under management and operation, marking a clear endorsement of our new long-range, large-cabin Legacy 650,” said Colin Steven, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa – Embraer Executive Jets. “Less than one year after it first entered service, the Legacy 650 continues to receive strong market acceptance, and it is a gratifying achievement for Embraer to see the first Legacy 650 delivered to the UAE market and joining Empire Aviation Group’s large managed fleet.”

Launched at NBAA in 2009, the large Legacy 650 is an extended-range derivative of the successful super midsize Legacy 600, nearly 200 of which have been delivered to customers worldwide. It can fly up to 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 kilometers) nonstop with four passengers, or 3,840 nautical miles (7,112 kilometers) with eight passengers. It will enable Empire Aviation Group to fly up to 14 passengers, nonstop, connecting Dubai to major business destinations, including London (UK), Singapore, and Johannesburg (South Africa) in a comfortable, functional and elegant interior with three distinct cabin zones, as well as the largest in-flight accessible baggage compartment of its category. The Legacy 650 extended-range aircraft is one of the largest executive jets permitted to operate in restricted airports, such as London City (LCY).

“The addition of the new Legacy 650 to our managed fleet will enable us to enhance services for our customers, expanding our long-haul fleet, while maintaining the same cabin comfort of our existing Legacy 600 fleet,” said Paras Dhamecha, Executive Director of Empire Aviation Group, which operates one of the region’s largest managed fleets of business jets. “Being the first to offer this new aircraft in the UAE is very exciting for us, as the demand for our private aviation services increases in the region.”

About Empire Aviation Group

Empire Aviation Group (EAG) is a one-stop shop for integrated private aviation services, offering aircraft sales, management, charter, finance and insurance. Since formation in 2007, the company has successfully weathered a global recession within the industry and still grown revenues and profit substantially every year. Today, it has more than 100 staff and operates one of the region’s largest managed fleets of business jets, with more than 20 aircraft operating out of Dubai International Airport. EAG focuses on a distinctive asset management approach to private aviation and has assembled a highly experienced team of aviation specialists, led by an experienced owner/management team. For more information, visit www.empire.aero.com.


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