Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd (HEAI), Embraer’s joint venture with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), announced that the first Legacy 650 large executive jet assembled in China successfully completed its maiden flight today. Delivery of the first Legacy 650 is scheduled for the end of 2013.
Embraer’s test pilots flew the aircraft for about two hours and thirty minutes, assessing its handling and performance characteristics. 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 China.”
Source: Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (NYSE: ERJ)
Date: Aug 27, 2013