The assembly line for Embraer ECJ-145 45-seater aircraft in Harbin, China, is undergoing conversion for production of the Legacy 650 executive jet, the chairman of Embraer China, Guan Dongyuan said in Shanghai.
Cited by Hong Kong English-language newspaper, The South China Morning Post, Guan also said that when the assembly line conversion is finished at the end of 2013, the company would start producing five Legacy 650s per year.
The chairman of Embraer China said that the number of orders for this private jet currently stood at 17, as compared with 22 form orders across China for all models produced by Embraer.
Guan noted that the Legacy 650 model had become suddenly popular since Hong Kong martial arts movie star Jackie Chan visited Embraer in Brazil to pick up his own executive jet and that since then it has become know as the “JC jet”.
The Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI) was set up in 2003, in the Chinese city of Harbin, northeast China, in partnership with Aviation Industry Corporation of China, which delivered its first commercial jet in 2004. (macauhub)