Flexjet Introduces Its Fourth New-Aircraft Program in a Year
September 22, 2015
Program Brings Midsized Planes to Flexjet’s LXi Cabin Collection of Advanced New Aircraft
Dallas, September 22, 2015 – Flexjet LLC, offering travelers access to the world’s most luxurious fleet of private jets, announced today that it will add an Embraer Legacy 450 midsized program to its current new-aircraft collection.
“We are excited to announce this midsized aircraft program that will bring one of the world’s most innovative business jets to the fractional marketplace,” said Flexjet Chairman Kenn Ricci. “With the program being launched this month, Flexjet is offering a real-time solution to current and prospective Owners in need of a more spacious, more capable and more technologically advanced midsized aircraft.”
Flexjet’s midsized program will use the Legacy 450 as its principal aircraft. Flexjet is finalizing the development of the Flexjet-exclusive LXi artisan interiors for the Legacy 450, with deliveries of the aircraft beginning in 2016.
The Legacy 450 is an incomparable choice for owners of older aircraft such as the Cessna Citation Excel/XLS. In terms of size, the Legacy 450 will fit squarely in the center of Flexjet’s fleet: The niche between the super light Learjet 75LXi and the super midsized Challenger 350. Further increasing the aircraft’s appeal, it will be offered as part of Flexjet’s premium LXi Cabin Collection, with the finest luxury interiors.
Flexjet Chief Executive Officer Michael Silvestro said, “We know that current and prospective Owners are seeking cabins that are larger and more luxurious than those typically found in this category, complemented by the newest technology and optimized performance. We are thrilled to bring the innovative Legacy midsized cabin solution to the market starting this month.”
The Legacy 450 includes features never before seen in midsized aircraft, such as marble floor entryways and a seven-layer sound wall that will make the cabin extremely quiet and lessen passenger fatigue. Flexjet designers have worked tirelessly on the development of exclusive artisan interiors for the Legacy 450 that will be unique to Flexjet, as they have with the entire LXi collection.
The Legacy 450 will have digital flight controls based on Fly-By-Wire technology and be powered by a pair of Honeywell HTF7500E engines, the most environmentally friendly in their class. With the ability to take off from airfields as short as 3,825 feet, the Legacy 450 can fly at altitudes as high as 45,000 feet and will have a range of approximately 2,600 nautical miles with four passengers, including NBAA IFR fuel reserves.
At six feet tall and six feet, 10 inches wide, the cabin of the Legacy 450 is the largest in its class and features a baggage capacity 20 percent larger than that of its closest competitor. The Flexjet edition of the Legacy 450 offers a best-in-class, flat-floor cabin and features seating for eight passengers. In addition, the fully reclining club seats may be converted into a lie-flat bed for complete rest, as needed.
The Embraer midsized aircraft will join Flexjet’s LXi Cabin Collection, which also includes the Learjet 75, the Challenger 350, the Global Express and Gulfstream’s G450, G500 and G650.
Flexjet also has announced that it is accelerating deliveries of the Gulfstream G450 business jet in response to heavy market demand for long-range international travel. This accelerated delivery schedule is part of an order placed for up to 50 new aircraft from Gulfstream’s iconic line of business jets which includes the G450, G500 and G650.
Flexjet, LLC first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in May 2015. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing. Flexjet’s fractional aircraft program is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, and Flexjet is the first and only company to be honored with its 16th FAA Diamond Award for Excellence. Flexjet’s fractional program fields an exclusive array of business aircraft—some of the youngest in the fractional jet industry, with an average age of approximately six years—including their LXi Cabin Collection consisting of the Learjet 75, Challenger 350, the Embraer Legacy 450, Global Express and the Gulfstream G450, G500 and G650 business jets. In addition, the overall jet collection includes the Embraer Phenom 300, Challenger 300 and Challenger 605. Flexjet is a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com or follow us on Twitter @Flexjet.
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