Embraer delivered the first Legacy 650 large executive jet in the Middle East to an undisclosed customer from Jordan during a ceremony held today at Embraer’s headquarters in Brazil. The aircraft will be managed on behalf of its owner by private jet charter operator Arab Wings, also based in Jordan.
“We are delighted to deliver the first Legacy 650 large executive jet in the Middle East to our friends from Arab Wings,” said Colin Steven, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Europe, Africa and Middle East – Executive Jets. “The aircraft’s Jordanian owner will appreciate the unparalleled comfort of the cabin with its three distinct zones, providing space to both work and relax. The aircraft’s huge baggage compartment is ideal for long-distance flying.”
Arab Wings already operates one super midsize Legacy 600 in its fleet. The large Legacy 650 will enable the charter company to fly clients up to 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 kilometers), nonstop, with four passengers, or 3,840 nautical miles (7,112 kilometers) with eight passengers, surrounded by the same elegant, comfortable and functional interior. This significant increase in range was accomplished through extensive airframe modifications, such as reinforced wings and landing gear, larger fuel capacity, and new highly efficient and more powerful Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engines. Honeywell’s new Primus Elite™ avionics suite equips both the Legacy 650 and future Legacy 600s. Due to their excellent performance under hot and high conditions, where they operate easily up to temperatures of 50°C, both aircraft have been very successful in the Middle East market.
“We are honored to be the first operator in the Middle East region to operate this exciting new aircraft,” said Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh, CEO of Arab Wings. “Following the great success we’ve enjoyed with the Legacy 600 in our fleet, this Legacy 650 is a natural
complement, enabling us to offer longer, nonstop flights.”