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Embraer shrinks cabin altitude for Legacy 450 and 500

Embraer has reduced the cabin altitude for its Legacy 450 and 500 business jets by 200ft (60m), as part of a continuing focus on delivering customer value across its product line.

Aircraft shipped to owners in the first quarter of 2018 will have a cabin altitude of 5,800ft when flying at an altitude of 45,000ft, thanks to an increase in the cabin pressurisation differential from 9.3psi to 9.73psi. The aircraft's environmental control system also preserves a sea-level cabin altitude while flying below 27,050ft.

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Embraer Executive Jets chief executive Michael Amalfitano describes the new setting as "best-in-class", in reference to the midsize sector, where the Legacy pair compete.

The Embraer figure compares with a cabin altitude of 5,950ft and 7,000ft for the rival Cessna Citation Latitude and the Gulfstream G280 respectively.

The enhancement, which will be available as a retrofit on the in-service fleet, comes about a month after Embraer announced a series of improvements to the Legacy 450 and 500, designed to bolster their appeal and set "new standards for the midsize cabin segment", says Amalfitano.

These enhancements include: restyled passenger seats; FANS 1/A+ technology in the cockpit and Gogo's latest air-to-ground connectivity system, AVANCE L5. This feature allows customers to benefit from higher internet speeds through access to 4G networks.

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The Legacy 500 and 450 entered service in 2014 and 2015, respectively. By the end of September, the airframer says, it had delivered 50 500s and 21 450s.

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