First China-Assembled Legacy 650 successfully completes maiden flight.
Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd (HEAI), Embraer's joint venture with Aviation Industry Corporation of
Embraer's test pilots flew the aircraft for about 2.5 hours, performing handling and performance characteristics evaluation. The aircraft's systems were evaluated, including flight control, communication and navigation.
"The successful maiden flight of HEAI's first Legacy 650 marks an important milestone not only in the Embraer-AVIC partnership, but also in the history of the Chinese executive aviation industry as the jet is also the first large executive jet assembled by a joint venture in China," said Guan Dongyuan, Senior Vice President of Embraer and President of Embraer China. "Congratulations to all who have made it a success!"
"Today's achievement is the fruit of Brazil-Sino collaboration and the hard work of all parties concerned," said Yuri Capi, President of HEAI. "The maiden flight is of special significance to HEAI as it demonstrates to the market that HEAI is fully capable and ready to offer customers high-quality executive jets assembled here in
The Legacy 650 entered service in late 2010. With a range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 kilometers), it affords nonstop capabilities such as
Since February 2012, when the first Legacy 650 was delivered to the Chinese market, the Company has booked firm orders for 21 Legacy 650s and five options. To provide tailor-made and efficient customer support, Embraer is continuing to build its customer service network with several service centers authorized for executive jets customer services in the Greater China region.
About HEAI and HEAI Legacy 600/650 Program
On December 2, 2002, Embraer signed the industrial cooperation agreement with Harbin Aircraft Industry Group., Ltd. (HAIG) and subsidiary of China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVIC II) to set up the joint venture Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co, Ltd. (HEAI) to produce the ERJ145 jets, making it the first Embraer facility outside
The successful cooperation between Embraer and AVIC HAIG has made HEAI a great success as the joint venture is often referred to as "another model of South-South cooperation" by both Chinese and Brazilian leaders. Until April 2012, HEAI has delivered 41 ERJ 145s to Chinese airlines. HEAI has become an important force to boost the robust development of
On June 21, 2012, in response to the potential demand from
On the same day,
In Jan. 2013, HEAI started assembling the first Legacy 650 large executive jet.