LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, October 9, 2017 — During a press conference at this year’s NBAA Conference and Exhibition (NBAA/BACE), Embraer announced enhancements to its Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 business jets. These include FANS 1/A+ technology, enhanced Internet connectivity, and new seating options.
Embraer Executive Jets President & CEO Michael Amalfitano noted that the Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 (which entered the market in 2014 and 2015, respectively), “have revolutionized the midsize segments of business aviation by delivering incomparable value to customers.”
FANS 1/A+ technology allows direct datalink communications between pilots and air traffic control. This optional feature is available now to existing Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 customers and can also be incorporated into the current fleet.
A further enhancement for the Legacy 450 and 500 is Gogo’s AVANCE L5 air-to-ground connectivity platform. AVANCE L5 allows Embraer customers to benefit from higher Internet speeds through access to 4G networks. It delivers data rates of up to 9.8 Mbps for downlink, and covers the continental US and portions of Alaska and Canada. This option will be available to Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 customers in 1Q 2018.
Embraer also announced improved seating options for both business jets. Design improvements to leg rests, lumbar adjustments, heating, and massage have come about as a result of extensive customer interactions, which have also led to improved ergonomics and added head rest wings. The new seating options also offer more personalization options through new styles in stitching, leather material textures, and color applications. These new seating options will become available to customers taking delivery of aircraft in 2Q 2018.
Amalfitano referred to these latest Legacy 450 and 500 enhancements as “a direct reflection of our innovative DNA as we continue to move toward our vision of being the most desired brand in business aviation.”
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