LABACE 2017 marked the debut in display of the Embraer Legacy 650E earlier this week. Check out the article, below, recapping the unveiling of this sleek aircraft, featuring a unique paint scheme.
Embraer Executive Jets (EEJ) is debuting its upgraded Legacy 650, the 650E, at LABACE 2017 this week (Static 5115). The event marks the first time the aircraft has been displayed at an airshow anywhere, and to mark the occasion the manufacturer has created a unique paint scheme. The aircraft was flown into São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, where LABACE is being held, on Sunday afternoon and is the central feature of the static display. Other Embraer aircraft joining the 650E are a Phenom 100EV, Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and Legacy 500. Only the Lineage will be missing, though fitting such a large aircraft into the show’s constrained static display area could be a challenge.
Last Friday, as Embraer prepared for LABACE, AIN visited the company’s headquarters in São Jose dos Campos, northeast of São Paulo. Following a tour of its Heritage Center and assembly lines for both the Legacy 450/500 and the commercial E-Jets (including one of the latest 195 E2 prototypes that was recently at the Paris Air Show sporting a distinctive Eagle paint scheme on its nose), senior v-p executive jets Luciano Froes explained Embraer’s view’s on the market.
“The market continues to be U.S. and Europe-centric,” he said, “[these two] accounting for 80 to 85 percent of the total demand, and 85 percent of 2016 deliveries.” He believes that 2017 is presenting “a fairly flat market,” noting that “GAMA numbers point to this too—around 650 [business] aircraft worldwide.