The Legacy 600 (market designation adopted after 2005) is based on the ERJ-135 model. It was launched in 2000 at the Farnborough Airshow as the "Legacy 2000". The Legacy carries 13 passengers in three partitioned sections for 3,050 nautical miles (5,650 km) or 8 passengers for 3,450 nautical miles (6,390 km). 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. The Legacy Shuttle can seat 19 to 37 in airline-style seats but without the range.
The first flight was made in June 2000, with the prototype of the ERJ-135 (PT-ZJA). This same aircraft was once the prototype of the first ERJ-145. New winglets and new wing-to-fuselage fairing was added, but no additional fuel tanks were available. The new fuselage fuel tanks were ready for the second prototype (PT-XJO), along with engine and avionics, that flew only in March 31st 2001. It was the second Embraer model to feature winglets, as the first were installed on the EMB-145SA military model. Embraer winglet models differed in shape and structure, due to their optimum design speed.
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 bizliner version of the company's 100-seat E-190.
Announced at the 2009 NBAA show, the Legacy 650 is a longer-range version of the Legacy 600, giving it a range capability of 7,220km (3,900nmi) non-stop with four passengers, or carry 1,134kg more than the 600 for a 6,290km trip. It features also a lowered alley, with increased headroom and it was certified by the FAA in February 2011.
An enhanced version, the 650E, was announced at the 2016 NBAA and scheduled for introduction in 2017. It includes a synthetic vision system and autothrottle as standard, a restyled three-zone interior and comes with a 10-year or 10,000-flight-hour warranty.
On 29 September 2006, an ExcelAire Legacy (N600XL) collided with Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 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 jet, despite serious damage to the left horizontal stabilizer and left winglet, was able to continue flying and managed to land at a Brazilian military airfield (Cachimbo Air Force Base). This survival aircraft remained un-preserved almost three years, but in mid-2009 American company General Aviation Services agreed to buy the aircraft. The company partnered with Gantt Aviation and Constant Aviation to check and prepare it for its ferry to the US. Constant completed the work and finally on 19 November 2010 (more than 4 years after the accident) the aircraft, now with the new registration of N965LL, arrived at Cleveland International Airport to be refurbished and put up for sale.
The plane was reported to be on sale in March 2011, even though repairs to the left wingtip and stabilizer were still being completed in August 2011. The plane was then sold to a private owner in 2013 and registered in Mexico as XA-MHA.
|Variant||Legacy 600||Legacy 650|
|Passengers||13 / 14|
|Baggage Capacity||286 cu.ft / 8.1 cu.m|
|Length||26.33 m / 86 ft 5 in|
|Wingspan||21.17 m / 68 ft 11 in|
|Height||6.76 m / 22 ft 2 in|
|MTOW||49,604 lb (22,500 kg)||53,572 lb (24,300 kg)|
|MLW||40,785 lb (18,500 kg)||44,092 lb (20,000 kg)|
|MZFW||35,274 lb (16,000 kg)||36,156 lb (16,400 kg)|
|BOW||30,081 lb (13,645 kg)||31,217 lb (14,160 kg)|
|Max Fuel||18,170 lb (8,242 kg)||20,600 lb (9,344 kg)|
|Max. Payload||5,193 lb / 2,356 kg||4,939 lb / 2,240 kg|
|Engines||Rolls-Royce AE 3007A1E||Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2|
|Thrust||7,953 lbf (35.38 kN), ISA+22ºC||9,020 lbf (40.1 kN), ISA+15ºC|
|Ceiling||41,000 ft / 12,497 m|
|Range [a]||3,400 nm / 6,297 km||3,900 nm / 7,223 km|
|Cruise||Mach 0.78 (829 km/h; 515 mph)|
|Maximum Speed||Mach 0.80 (850 km/h; 528 mph)|
|TOFL (MTOW, SL, ISA)||5,614 ft / 1,711 m||5,741 ft / 1,750 m|
|Landing (Typical LW, SL, ISA)||2,685 ft / 818 m||2,842 ft / 866 m|
|Avionics||Honeywell Primus Elite|
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