Embraer Legacy 600

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Legacy 600
Embraer Legacy 600 (4826812547).jpg
An Embraer Legacy 600 about to land.
Role Business jet
National origin Brazil
Manufacturer Embraer
First flight March 31, 2001[1]
Introduction 2002[2]
Status In production
Produced 263 (as of Dec. 31, 2015)[2]
Unit cost
600: US$26 million
650: US$31.6 million (2015)[3]
Developed from Embraer ERJ 145 family

The Embraer Legacy 600 is a business jet derivative of the Embraer ERJ 145 family of commercial jet aircraft.

Design and development[edit]

EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 in St. Moritz, Switzerland
EMB-135BJ Legacy at dusk

The Legacy 600 is based on the ERJ 135 model with the updated Mark I cockpit of the EMB-145. It features added range via extra fuel tanks in the tail behind the baggage compartment and forward of the wing, winglets, and an extensive drag reduction program. It is certified to 41,000 feet (12,000 m) altitude versus 37,000 feet (11,000 m) for the airline configuration. Launched in 2000 at the Farnborough Airshow, the Legacy carries 13 passengers for 3,050 nautical miles (5,650 km) or 8 passengers for 3,450 nautical miles (6,390 km).

Legacy 650 interior

The Legacy family includes the Legacy Shuttle, which is an ERJ 135 with a 19-seat passenger cabin configuration as standard (it does not have the same range as the Legacy Executive / Legacy 600).

The Legacy 600 competes on the upper end of the small to mid-sized range of business jets and is considered a "Super Midsize" aircraft. It has nearly the opposite design progression as the rival Canadair Challenger. The Legacy 600 was derived from the established ERJ family of regional jets, while the Canadair Regional Jet was developed by Bombardier from the Challenger business jet. Both lines of aircraft are competitors. Embraer has since launched an extensive lineup of business aircraft, from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the Lineage 1000, a very-long-range business jet version of the company's 100-seat E-190.

Legacy 600 Cockpit

In seven years of service, Embraer has delivered over 150 Legacy 600 aircraft in more than 20 countries.[citation needed] It has seating for 13 passengers in three partitioned sections, or seating for 19–37 in airline-style seats on the Legacy Shuttle. In the cockpit, the Legacy also includes a Honeywell Primus Elite avionics suite,[4] with a full glass cockpit.

Legacy 650[edit]

The Legacy 650 is a longer-range version of the Legacy 600 giving it a range capability of 3,900 nm (7,223 km) non-stop with four passengers, or 3,840 nm (7,112 km) with eight passengers, about 500 nm (926 km) farther than the Legacy 600.[5][6] It was announced at the 2009 NBAA show,[7] and certified by the FAA in February 2011.[8]


  • On 29 September 2006, an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy EMB-135BJ collided with a Boeing 737 while cruising over the northern state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Boeing crashed to the ground and all 154 passengers and crew were killed, while the Embraer managed to land at a Brazilian military airfield with only minor damage.

Aircraft deliveries[edit]

Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Number of deliveries[9] 8 13 13 20 27 36 36 18 11 13 17 21 18 12


Data from {name of first source}

General characteristics


Max fuel capacity: 18,800 lb (2,765 gallons[citation needed] or 10,465 litres), Legacy Executive / 11,321 lb (1,665 gallons or 6,300 litres), Legacy Shuttle (both figures approx.)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


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