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NBAA: Embraer unveils new version of Legacy 650

Embraer unveiled a new version of its Legacy 650 at the show today, designed to boost the appeal of the five-year-old, large-cabin business jet in this crowded and competitive sector.

The Legacy 650E includes a host of features, including a synthetic vision system and autothrottle as standard, a restyled, three-zone interior with full HD in-flight entertainment, and an “unprecedented” 10-year or 10,000-flight-hour warranty.

“As a testament to our confidence in the Legacy 650E’s heritage of robustness and near-perfect dispatch reliability, this new aircraft carries the longest warranty available in the business jet industry,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, Embraer Executive Jets’ president and chief executive, at the launch of the upgraded 14-seat twin.

In the cockpit, the Honeywell Primus Elite-equipped 650E has two iPads with mounting systems. These “enable pilots to enjoy a friendlier interface, easier updates and a full range of other tools to support their operation”, says Embraer. They also reduce cockpit workload and create a more intuitive environment, the Brazilian airframer adds.

Service entry of the $26 million, 3,900nm (7,220km) range aircraft is scheduled for 2017.

Pellegrini describes the 650E as a “truly well-rounded proposition”.

“Whether for commercial or private operations, there is no large-cabin aircraft that is more economical, durable and comfortable,” he says.

The Legacy 650E is pitched against a host of large-cabin types including the Dassault Falcon 2000LXS, the Bombardier Challenger 650 and the in-development Cessna Citation Hemisphere.

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