Aircraft History, Specification and Information
Embraer Legacy 600
Embraer Legacy 600 - S5-ALA - Linxair
Embraer Legacy 600 (ERJ-135BJ) - S5-ALA (sn 14501029)
Photo taken December 27, 2008
Male International Airport - Republic Of Maldives (MLE / VRMM)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

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

Design and development

The Legacy 600 is based on the ERJ 135 model, with avionics from ERJ 140 model, includes added range with extra fuel tanks in the tail and forward of the wing, added winglets and an extensive drag reduction. It is certified to 41,000-foot (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 16 passengers for 3,050 nautical miles (5,650 km) or 8 passengers for 3,450 nautical miles (6,390 km). 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. 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.

In seven years of service, Embraer have delivered over 150 Legacy 600 aircraft in more than 20 countries. It has seating for 16 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 1000 avionics suite, with a full glass cockpit.

Legacy 650

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


On 29 September 2006, an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy EMB-135BJ, civil registration N600XL, collided with Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907, a Boeing 737-800, while flying over the northern state of Mato Grosso, Brazil en route to Manaus from São José dos Campos. The Boeing crashed and all passengers and crew (total 154 people) died. The Embraer was able to land reasonably safe at a Brazilian Military Airfield with minor damage to the left wing. This incident was featured on an episode of Mayday.

Aircraft deliveries

Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Number of deliveries 9 13 13 20 27 36 36 18 11


General characteristics
Crew: Three - pilot, co-pilot, flight attendant (optional)
Capacity: 13 passengers + 1 in cockpit jumpseat
Length: 26.33 m (86 ft 5 in)
Wingspan: 21.17 m (68 ft 11 in)
Height: 6.76 m (22 ft 2 in)
Empty weight: 16,000 kg (30,000 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 22,500 kg (49,604 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce AE 3007/A1P turbofans, 39,2 kN (8,810 lbs) each

Maximum speed: 834 km/h (450 kt, 518 mph)
Range: 6,060 km (3,250 nm, 3,740 mi)
Service ceiling: 12,496 m (41,000 ft)
Thrust/weight: 0.36:1Max fuel capacity: 18,800 lb (Legacy Executive) / 11,321 lb (Legacy Shuttle) - both figures approx.

Last updated June 30, 2011
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