The first Legacy 650 executive jet manufactured in China has successfully finished its maiden flight, said Brazilian aeronautical company Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer), adding that the delivery of the first jet is scheduled for the end of 2013.
The aircraft was manufactured by the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd (HEAI), a partnership between Embraer and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The Legacy 650 first went into service at the end of 2010, has a range of 7,223 kilometres and is able to fly non-stop between Beijing and Dubai or Hong Kong and Adelaide, Australia.
Since February 2012, when Embraer delivered its first Legacy 650 in China, the company has received 21 firm orders and five optional orders for the jet in the country.
On 2 December 2002 Embraer signed an industrial cooperation agreement with the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group., Ltd. (HEAI) a subsidiary of the Aviation Corporation of China (AVIC II), to set up the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co, Ltd. (HEAI), to manufacture the ERJ commercial jet, thus becoming the first of Embraer’s foreign units to assemble regional aircraft.
On 21 June, 2012, Embraer and AVIC reached an agreement also to produce Legacy 600/650 executive jets in China, at the HEAI factory. (macauhub)