Embraer’s Legacy 500 business jet will make its Farnborough air show debut between 11-17 July, as the Brazilian airframer seeks to bolster sales of the midsize business jet in the UK and Europe.
The fly-by-wire type, which received European validation a year ago, will be the only model in Embraer’s seven-strong business jet stable to feature on the static display, where the company will also showcase a range of civilian and military aircraft.
Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database records around 30 Legacy 500s worldwide, three of which are based in Europe. The UK is home to a single aircraft, operated by business aviation services company Centreline Aviation.
The programme received a boost in May, when one of Embraer’s largest customers, Flexjet, began offering the Legacy 500 for transatlantic services, as part of its planned expansion into the European market later this year.
The US fractional ownership company operates four Legacy 500s, and has an undisclosed number of aircraft on order.
In preparation for its expansion within Europe and the UK, Embraer and Flexjet recently secured approval from London City airport for steep landing approach. Based in the UK capital’s financial district, the hub is regarded as one of the most popular destinations in Europe for business aircraft users.
Source: Flight International