Embraer delivered today the first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its Melbourne plant to an undisclosed U.S. customer. The expanded facility comprises two assembly lines that now produce four clean-sheet business jet models: the entry-level Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 light jet as well as the mid-light Legacy 450 and the midsize Legacy 500. Since commencing operations in Melbourne, in 2011, the Company’s footprint has more than doubled to almost 500,000 square feet.
“We are very pleased to deliver the first Legacy 500 made in Melbourne, fulfilling our vision of expanding production to assemble four world-class business jets on Florida’s Space Coast,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “I want to congratulate our teams on their passion for excellence and their commitment to deliver true value to customers. The Legacy 500 is beautifully designed and brilliantly engineered and it is attracting a strong interest with corporate flight departments and fleet operators, in addition to individual owners.”
The expansion of the Melbourne assembly facility was inaugurated in June 2016 and the first Legacy 450 aircraft produced was delivered in December of that same year. Since the delivery of the first Phenom 100 made in Melbourne, in December 2011, over 250 aircraft have been delivered across the U.S. and to over a dozen countries, as close as Mexico and Canada, and as far as China and Australia.
Melbourne, Florida, September 27, 2017